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The Color of Smoke

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FUTURE PLANS: Direct mail/email campaign and more targeted outreach (e.g. via social media) to US & Canadian academics and UK/Europe-based scholars and students of the Roma Perhaps a 2nd edition at some point targeting academia, with a VIP foreword and more information on the Roma FROM THE 2014 PUBLICATION: Wide distribution of print ARC's and e-galleys yielded some reviews Online advertising Targeted print advertising May 2014 launch in New York City hosted by the Hungarian Cultural Center/Hungarian consulate--with Romani folk music, and noted writers and scholars discussing the book in the context of the Romani Holocaust and the present-day situation of underclasses the world over.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR Menyh rt Lakatos (1926-2007) was the prizewinning author of many books. His magnum opus, The Color of Smoke inspired by his own youth in a Romani settlement, and first published in Hungarian in 1975 has been translated into more than half a dozen languages. ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR Ann Major (1928-) has brought several Hungarian books to English, including Paul Lendvai's The Hungarians: A Thousand Years of Victory in Defeat (Princeton University Press), and also translates from German. The author of a memoir, A Carpet of Jacaranda (Sydney Jewish Museum, 2013), she lives in Lane Cove, Australia.


"A picaresque tale of the struggles of the Romany (also known as the Gypsies) in Hungary before World War II, appearing for the first time in English . . . A rare, observant . . . snapshot of Romany life." Kirkus Reviews "Gypsy characters . . . appear time and again in literature. However, this is the first novel in which a Gypsy himself depicts his people--marked for centuries by ostracism and misery--with complete authenticity and literary truthfulness . . . Its description of the life of a Gypsy group during the 1930s and 1940s grabs the reader through the intensity and immediacy of its ambiance and language. . . . Characters, legends, customs, and Dionysian passions--brought to life superbly--are effortlessly treated in colorful episodes. . . . A one-of-a-kind coming-of-age novel." --Neue Z rcher Zeitung "It would not be an exaggeration to describe Lakatos as a Romani Proust." C cile Kov csh zy, "The Color of Smoke is a gripping and important narrative of a subject obscured by myth and misconception. Thanks to Lakatos's elegant work, ignorance regarding the fate of the Roma people is no longer an excuse for inaction on their behalf." -Kati Marton, author of Enemies of the People: My Family's Journey to America "That it took four decades for Menyh rt Lakatos's epic novel The Color of Smoke to finally appear in English translation is astonishing. To me and many other Hungarians, this 1975 classic shined a light on a marginalized people who lived among us but about whom we knew little: the Roma (Gypsies), who are by far the largest minority in Europe. The book is a riveting coming-of-age story set during World War II. It also powerfully chronicles the increasing social tensions that culminated in the murder of hundreds of thousands of Roma in the Holocaust." G za R hrig, writer and actor (Son of Saul), writing for the Wall Street Journal

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