Publisher: Open Road Media
Publishing Date: 1982, July 1995, October 2014
Publisher Description: In the schoolroom of a simple European village, Kicsi spends her days dreaming of the lands beyond the mountains: Paris and New York, Arabia and Shanghai. When the local rabbi curses Kicsi’s school for teaching lessons in Hebrew, the holy tongue, the possibility of adventure seems further away than ever. But when a mysterious stranger appears telling stories of far-off lands, Kicsi feels the world within her grasp. His name is Vörös, and he is a magician’s assistant who seems to have powers all his own. There is darkness growing at the edge of the village—a darkness far blacker than any rabbi’s curse. Vörös warns of the Nazi threat, but only Kicsi hears what he says. As evil consumes a continent, Vörös will teach Kicsi that sometimes the magician’s greatest trick is survival.
Review: This was originally written back in 1982 and was granted wide acclaim. Philip K. Dick even praised this work. The writing style is this strangely stilted dialogue and scene shifting that is never mired in the past. The prose hiccups and burps its way into present instances that become an impactful source for the characters. It is at once simple yet resides within a complex fantasy of magic without understanding what is really at play. This unknown quality keeps you wending your way through the story-line, seeking answers to a mystery that lays just beneath. There are some areas that involve lengthy scene and dialogue expressions that help to build the characters yet fall a little flat IMO. Still, a very good work to settle into.