The Budapest House
A Life Re-Discovered
Aulis Publishers, London, 2017 (new addition with Afterword)
“Marcus Ferrar takes us on a poignant but unsentimental journey through
Hungary's darkest hours and their aftermath – one that still resonates
through the decades. Ferrar masterfully recounts moving personal stories
against their wider historical backdrop and vividly evokes Budapest's
Adam LeBor, correspondent at
and author of The Budapest Protocol
At a time when Hungary is flouting European Union rules and democratic norms, the 2nd edition of this book looks back on 100 years of a nation which considers itself different and exceptional. The author tells its history through the eyes of a Hungarian traumatised by the loss of half her family in Auschwitz. Returning to Budapest to retrace her roots, she struggles to come to terms with a dramatic personal history.
This is a true story of human beings caught up in the maelstrom of 20th century history – Nazis genocide, Cold War, dictatorship, and the aftermath of Communism – and now reacting controversially to 21st century challenges of nationalism and migrants.
Told with great sympathy and warmth, this extensively researched book recounts how individuals brave daunting upheavals – but also scorn democracy.