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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,022 ratings  ·  82 reviews
Едно момче играе, побеждава и губи на шахматната дъска на реалния живот!
Световен бестселър, преведен на 18 езика!

Романът „Белият цар" разказва за най-тежките години от живота на едно тринайсетгодишно момче, след като баща му е интерниран в трудов лагер заради подписването на протестна декларация. В поредицата от споделени изповеди с един и същи главен герой се очертава ед
Paperback, 304 pages
Published 2008 by Ерго (first published 2005)
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Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: europa-est, 5-stelle
“Non cercare dov’è questa o quella cosa, prova invece a vedere l’insieme, l’unità del tutto, come se contemplassi un dipinto, o una bella ragazza, sforzati di vedere tutto insieme, certo non è facile, ma se ci riesci, guarderai il mondo in modo diverso.”


Tulipani/salto/fine del mondo/piccone/musica/numeri/valvola/dono/guerra/africa/giochiamo alla perquisizione in casa/febbre dell’oro/strudel di castagne/cuccagna/cinema/patto/panorama/funerale
Questi i titol
Dec 09, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-books
This book was incredibly painful to read. The author now lives in Hungary, but grew up in Romania in the 1980s. I can't even imagine what that was like - even after reading this book. There were moments of absolute depravity (a gang of kids with bricks in plastic bags) interspersed with moments of pure joy (a construction worker with a roomful of songbirds). I don't know why I finished it. I wanted to stop many times, I couldn't. Beautifully written (even through the translation).
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I romanzi che parlano di soprusi visti dagli occhi dei bambini sono sempre molto toccanti e questo non fa eccezione, considerato anche il fatto che tratta di un contesto, la Romania di Ceausescu, di cui non si parla molto spesso.
Il libro è suddiviso in capitoli ognuno dei quali sembra quasi un racconto a sé stante, in quanto narra un particolare episodio della crescita di questo bambino a cui i comunisti hanno deportato il papà in un campo di rieducazione in quanto reo di aver sottoscritto un ma
Erős kezdés (a tulipánok érzelmileg is bevésődtek), és erős befejezés (majdnem katarzis). Ami közte van, az viszont egy lavór langyos zavaros víz, amiből a magyar kortárs írók legnagyobb része merít. Tényleg ez lenne a magyar látens tudat, amit kizórólag megjeleníthet napjaink irodalma? Nincs jogom ítélkezni és gyors következtetéseket levonni, mert tény, hogy egyre kevesebbszer adok esélyt kortárs íróinknak (pedig mindig megfogadom az ellenkezőjét). De ennek oka van: kimerítenek, lefárasztanak. ...more
Nov 22, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ez pontosan olyan, mint minden magyar kortársregény: hatásvadász, patetikus, didaktikus.
Mar 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Angela by: Times review
The White King, a short novel illuminating two years of preteen narrator Djata's life under an unnamed regime strongly resembling Ceausescu's Romania, is a sort of Lord of the Flies meets Viktor Pelevin. Most of the characters are schoolboys, but their universe is a microcosm of the authoritarian communist world around them, and this adult world spills into and informs every aspect of their lives. Along the way, Djata meets a number of fascinating characters living on the margins of this world i ...more
Andreas Münzinger
The white king is not an easy read. The further I progressed, the more I felt for Djata and his mother. They live in a cruel and mostly heartless world, where people need to be cruel to survive. Dragoman's use of the non judgemental first person voice of Djata makes some of the stories even more shocking and left me quite saddened. Life in 1980s Romania communism must truly have been hell, if even half of what Djata experiences in the book is true. The book manages to portray this feeling very w ...more
The stream of consciousness writing didn't add anything to the story, it could have done without it. Also, the characters felt to me like mere sketches without being an intense part of the little stories. Not very touching and sometimes only hints at what life was like in a world like this.
Dec 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is comprised of a series of scenes/short stories that encapsulate two years in the life of Djata, an adolescent growing up in a mysterious land based on 1980s Romania. In this totalitarian state, Djata's father is taken from his family and sent to work digging at the Danube for being a traitor to the Party. Djata goes about his business as a young boy, making trouble with his friends, getting into fights and sneaking into forbidden areas. But the spectre of Djata's missing father hang ...more
György Dragomán nació en Rumanía el 1973, en una familia perteneciente a la minoría húngara establecida en este país. Actualmente vive en Budapest y el 2005 publicó “El rey blanco”, que ganó el premio Sándor Márai y que ha sido traducida a más de veinte idiomas. Más que una novela compacta es un conjunto de relatos cortos que retratan varios episodios de la vida de un niño de once años llamado Djata. Cuando el libro empieza, ya hace algunos meses que la policía secreta ha arrestado a su padre. T ...more
Zoltán Kelemen
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've started reading this book on a long trip home, as it was one of the few books from an author from my area to be translated into several languages and wanted to read it, before making it a gift to someone else. The trip was long enough, the book good and short enough for me to finish in more or less one go and I was happy with the choice - I can happily give this book as a gift.

Of course I have no idea how the book will transpire to those alien to our upbringing and childhood environment. Al
Jul 08, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I don't even feel like writing a long review on this book, so, some bullet points:

- told from the POV of an 11-year-old child, and I really don't like kid's POVs except in rare cases when they are written well
- extremely disjointed plot, would have worked better as a short story collection, but considering I didn't really care for anything in the plot, wouldn't have made much of a difference
- stream-of-consciousness narrative that added nothing to the plot and made it hard to connect to
- I was e
Oct 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a book that's easily read in one sitting. Each chapter is a very intense short story unto itself. Excellent stream of consciousness writing. Excellent descriptions and dialogue. What at first seems like a random collection of boy-growing-up stories coalesces into a frighteningly realistic portrait of life in a Soviet country. The violence of the children & the adults as they deal with misinformation, manipulation, and loss of control over their own lives is harrowing.
Baris Balcioglu
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
C'était comme le petit Nicolas mais on peut percevoir ce qui se passait à Roumanie pendant les derniers années du régime communiste. Tous les chapitres sont presque comme indépendants histoires et le dernier est triste même si que les autres sont à la fois drôles et tristes. Ce n'est pas surprenant que ce roman est devenu bestseller.
Tamás Szajkó
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nagyon hangulatos, de kicsit több központozás elfért volna.
Vicky Hunt
Oct 29, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
This is not worth reading. Maybe it is the translation partially, but the story itself is very poorly written. It sounds like it was written by a 5th grader. The chapters are disjointed and change with no sense of connection. The story features quite a bit of bullying and terroristic behavior of adults toward children. And, many of the characterizations were unrealistic. I couldn't finish the book. It lacked any type of appeal for me. And, I saw no redeeming quality or ray of hope in the story i ...more
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were a few things I really liked about this book: the structure (despite being called a novel, it is more a series of short stories which are sometimes referenced in later chapters, and sometimes not) and the language (one paragraph is one very, very long sentence, which conveys nicely the bustle & often misoriented energy of teenage life and an overwhelming desire to communicate. Dragoman only varies this in the last couple of chapters, where sentences actually do end before a paragra ...more
Lung Danut-Lucian
(Pentru cei care locuiesc în Tîrgu Mureș) Acțiunea se petrece în Tudorul Vechi, în zona izvorului de pe Aleea Covasna-str. Moldovei. Bunicul locuiește undeva pe lângă Bulevardul Cetății.
Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll write the review in English so more people can read it, anyway the story is told through the eyes of an eleven year old living in a country that could easily be communist Hungary, and the narration is stream of consciousness, which is why I'm also writing it like that, so you, dear reader of the review, have an understanding how taxing it is to read a book where each page has between one to four sentences, I kid you not, it is really challenging to read at times, but overall I thought that ...more
Sep 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este scrisa din perspectiva unui copil, dar si limbajul este corelat. Ceea ce nu e incantator. Dar banuiesc ca povestile continute in aceasta carte mi-au lasat un gust amar si datorita faptului ca au reusit sa-mi trezeasca anumite atitudini pe care vad ca am uitat ca le-am gustat si eu, similar autorului, pe vremea cand prostimea era la putere si libertatea era grav compromisa.

Totusi, ceea ce am apreciat la aceasta carte e tocmai ca a reusit sa trezeasca anumite spaime seci si probabil un anumi
Feb 10, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted this book to be good. Great, even. But sadly it didn't turn out to be.
(Excuse my long rant: it's the first time I'm writing a review and I feel the need to vent. May contain spoilers, I'm not sure because there's no way to spoil this story anymore.)

Which obviously means it might be my fault - because I had read the gist of it in one sitting, then gave it a day for its conclusion. However, I've already regretted that. The ending didn't satisfy me at all, no matter how hard I tried to con
Jan 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good. More a collection of stories than a novel, although that may be splitting hairs. A boy growing up in maybe Romania or Hungary in the 1980s. His father has been sent off to a work camp and he learns to live with that uncertainty and his mother’s depression and defiance. All I can say is, I’m glad it wasn’t me, for any number of reasons, but mainly the violence. Teachers, coaches, random adults all seemed to take out their frustration and impotence in the form of violence against chil ...more
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Történelemtudásom őrült hiányosságait és a kiskamaszok életéről való viszonylagos tudatlanságomat jellemzi, hogy nem tudom megítélni, hol ér véget a realitás a történetben és hol kezdődik a valóságon túli terület. És talán ez az előzetes ismeretek nélküli tettenérhetetlenség egyben a minőség fokmérője is lehet. Mindenesetre szokatlanul sötét és kegyetlen világot fest a regény, még a szokásos kortársmagyar túlfűtött gyilkolászáshoz képest is. Nem kellemes olvasmány, nincs feloldozás. Ha sikerült ...more
Bustya Aron
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Életem első Dragomán György könyve, azonban előre bocsátom azt, hogy nem az utolsó.
A könyv legfőbb jellemzőinek a sajátos írásmódot mondanám valamint a könyvet végigkísérő keserédes hangulatot. Igazán magával ragadó történet, a gyerekkori csínytevések, a 11 éves kisfiú töretlen hite az apja viszontlátásában, a szerető feleség aggodalma és küzdelme a gyerekneveléssel valamint a kommunizmus terrorja egyszerre mosolyogtatja és szomorítja az ember szívét.
A könyv utolsó fejezete pedig zseniális. Csa
Jul 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely worth a read if you're interested in the vicarious experience of being a Hungarian national in Transylvania in the 80s at the height of the Party's power. It's all from a twelve year old boy's perspective post his father being taken away to a reeducation camp.
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dificil de citit, dificil de terminat, dar îţi atinge sufletul. Imaginea piureului de (cred) castane ca tunel, genială.
Tadzio Koelb
From my review in The Guardian:

Djata is 11 years old. His father has been taken to a forced-labour camp, his headmaster promises to impale any student who disobeys, and the school football coach beats his team bloody. Through a series of short, often brutal, episodes, The White King builds a relentlessly terrifying portrait of childhood in Ceausescu’s Romania, a society destroyed by poverty and repression, where even the most innocent encounter threatens violent consequences.

Somewhere between a
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do wonder how it may feel to read this for someone that only learned about communism (or any other dictatorship), but never had experienced it or had close relatives that did, or doesn't live in a country that was affected. For them, this may be seen as a particularly cruel dystopia, where the real horrors are only insinuated and displayed through the eyes of a child. Shocking, gut-wrenching, fascinating. Communism broke the very soul of an entire region here in Europe, and this is how it was ...more
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nem könnyű olvasmány, mégis a rövid és viszonylag független fejezetek, valamint a történet feszültsége miatt gyorsan haladtam vele. Az erőszak és elnyomás sok formáját nagyon érzékletesen jeleníti meg, amit majdnem soknak éreztem, de elég szép nyelvezettel és finom váltásokkal operál ahhoz, hogy ne érezzem túl soknak.
Ahogy egy ismerősöm mondta, ez is 20. századi (magyar) történelem gyerek által elmesélve, de szerencsére nem olvastam annyi ilyen jellegű regényt, hogy ez zavarjon.

Sőt, tényleg nagy
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Romania, Erdely es a komunizmus egy gyerek nezopontjabol.
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György Dragomán is a Hungarian author and literary translator. His best-known work, The White King (2005) has been translated to at least 28 langugages.
He was born in Târgu Mureş (Marosvásárhely) Transylvania, Romania. In 1988, his family moved to Hungary. He attended high school in the western Hungarian city of Szombathely, then college in Budapest, getting a degree in English and Philosophy. He
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