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A romantic saga about reluctant heroes amid the chaos of the Hungarian Revolution. This is history with a heart, a compassionate story about the human toll of the Cold War. The events are illustrated with stills from newsreel footage shot on the streets of Budapest.

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Published January 1st 2013 by Smashwords
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Steve
Lest we forget that there were casualties in the Cold War, Gabriella Horvath pays tribute to the victims of Soviet aggression during the ill-fated Hungarian Revolution of 1956.

Once a proud center of culture and civilization, Hungary finds itself by the 1950s reduced to a Russian feifdom. Mismanagement and corruption have gutted its economy, and the people have to either suffer long lines for necessities or deal with treacherous black marketeers. When mixed messages about regime change come from
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Maryann
Book Blurb: '56 is a gripping tale of love and treachery amid the Hungarian revolution. In 1956, the once-proud nation is a Soviet pawn, and a decade of Communist oppression has made everything scarce except suspicion and cynicism. Rumors of change begin an avalanche of militant optimism among a people deprived of hope. Then Soviet tanks head to Budapest, the West looks the other way, and the citizens must accept that their hopes of freedom are doomed: can true love survive when defeat is inevit ...more
Barbara Altman
This is an amazing first novel! A fascinating time in history, and a compelling story.
Elizabeth Mills
This book is, I think, one of the most powerful I have ever read - a mixture of fictional characters in a frighteningly real situation, I found it gripping and emotional.

I remember watching the film "Schindler's List" and, at the end, when the house lights went up and people would normally be scrambling for the exits, nobody moved; we were all too stunned by what we had seen. "'56" affected me like that. After I had read the last word, I just stared at the page, assimilating the heart-wrenching
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Gabriella Horvath was born into a family who fled Hungary during the revolution of 1956. She works as an Administrator for Comparative Media Studies at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she's also a co-curator of the European Short Film Festival. '56 is her first novel.



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