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God's Zoo
Pablo Urbanyi and Natalia Hero (Translator)
Guernica Editions, Fall 2020
232 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771835701
ISBN10: 1771835702
English
Translated from the Spanish
$20.00 Canada, $17.95 US, £11.95 UK



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God's Zoo captures the brutality of the Second World War in Eastern Europe, told through the eyes of young Fenix, a boy who lives in the small Hungarian-Czechoslovak city of Ipolyság. Fenix lives in a loveless world, abused by his cold, materialistic mother, and neglected by his often absent father. He seeks refuge in the care of Judit, a young woman who works as a nanny and servant in the family home. Judit and Fenix form a deep and complex bond that is at once familial and erotic, embodying friendship, kinship, motherhood, romantic love, and sexuality. Together, they bear witness to the city's successive occupation first by troops from Hungary, followed by the German army, and, finally, the Russians. As the devastating events of the war unfold around them, their love perseveres and grows stronger--until its surprising end.
He has noticed it more than once: whether or not his past was happy, returning to it is always painful. The happy moments, because they are lost; the difficult ones, because of the pain they revive. Most of the time, he tries to evade them, but, inexorably, they return.

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