American Hungarian Trilogy

American Hungarian Trilogy

by Peter Hargitai

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In Book One of Peter Hargitai’s American Hungarian Trilogy, a fourteen-year-old girl called Cheetah fights on the streets of Budapest during the 1956 Hungarian uprising in which her mother is killed and where she kills in turn, loses her father, her dear friends, and is forced to escape the country; in short, history stampedes through her young life forever altering its course. Book Two’s (Attila & Lyudmila) main character is a young Hungarian refugee in America, who is not an orphan (in the strict sense), still he is closely related to Cheetah, since he, too, lived through the revolution as a child, and he is faced with trying to adapt to his new life. His task is not easy: the ‘60s put him to the test in every sense of that volatile period, especially when he falls in love with an American girl to the intense displeasure of both their families. The ensuing conflict forces the young man to take stock of himself as he struggles with the seemingly unanswerable questions of his hyphenated identity. The fracture line deepens as further complications arise and enter into the fray on the pages of the more expansive Barbarian Phantasy in Book Three: new questions about love, his job, his calling, a sense of mission, destiny, illness, birth, death and rebirth. The story begins in 1950’s Hungary with an escape through no-man’s land, and ends around the mid ‘80s in America where the fate of the archetypal exile is transformed into a universal metaphor on a visionary no-man’s landscape in outer space. Stretching himself beyond his faculties, Attila Nagy experiments with creating life anew on the periphery of art, science and the fantastic where genres blur, where history and the present intersect, and where the riddle of the ancients becomes the final equation in his quest for the ultimate miracle weapon. Soaring on body- and mind-altering agents, on wings of anxiety propelled by inner demons, he snatches up the reader to fly with him. The world Hargitai creates is at once original and familiar, uniquely American and uniquely Hungarian – but more poignantly– movingly human, and even in his wildest flights of “phantasy” incredibly credible.

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ISBN-13: 9789633772676
Publisher: Kiadó
Publication date: 03/17/2014
Series: American Hungarian Trilogy
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

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American Hungarian Trilogy 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
AlexanderRand More than 1 year ago
This novel put me in the mind of another famous character of a disaffected youth coping with mid-century america. Mr. Hargitay's talent for bringing the details out in relating his character's feelings and experiences lends a faced paced immediacy to his storytelling. Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Peter Hargitai's "American Hungarian Trilogy" is really a thrill-ogy about people's, especially young people's, quest for liberty, for freedom, for self-discovery, usually by fleeing their circumstance. The stories take place during the 1956 Revolution against the Soviet occupiers of Hungary, and then life in the States. The characters yearn to be politically free, but also escape from the old world cultural norms and from their families, carve new paths, and interpret new freedoms. The stories give honest glimpses of life during the Revolution, and growing up in Cleveland as teenagers in the ethic polyglot. The book is hard to put down and worth the read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Peter Hargitai's book - American Hungarian Trilogy - is an exceptional combination of three books in a trilogy told by three different viewpoints. In the first book entitled - Cheetah - a 14-year old young girl named Cheetah tells her viewpoint of growing up as one of the daughters of the Hungarian Revolution in Budapest around the 1950's. Her story pulls you right into the Revolution with her as she faces challenges, defeats, and triumphs as a young female revolutionist. Her strength is amazing as she fights for her beliefs. In book two - Attila and Lyudmila - the author describes how this couple faces challenges in America during the 1960's with their romance, their families' disapproval and Attila struggling with his own identity and relationship with Lyudmila. This was definitely a love story with many emotions that touched my heart deeply. In the third book - Barbarian Phantasy - the author takes us through a hair-raising escape along with art, science, history, romance and fantasy including the equation of mind-altering agents and inner demons. Reminded me of being on a roller-coaster and enjoying a hell of a ride! This trilogy by Peter Hargitai was a fabulous "thrillogy".