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Tamas Dobozy's New Book, Siege 13, Reviewed by The National Post

Sep 19/12

Tamas Dobozy's New Book, Siege 13, Reviewed by The National Post

A new collection of short stories by English Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Dr. Tamas Dobozy, has received rave reviews from one of Canada's national newspapers.

Brett Josef Grubisic, reviewing Siege 13 for the National Post on September 14, 2012, praises the stories using food metaphors: "rich," "piquant," "layered," "heavy," "exotic," and "a wholly satisfying feast." He writes, "Whether set in 1944 or 2007, each story is masterful and tinged with a beguiling weirdness, and the interplay between them results in an unsettling historical diorama that casts doubt on humanity's motivations and its ability to truly see, know and learn."

Siege 13 is about the siege of Budapest by the Red Army in December 1944 which was one of the bloodiest sieges of the Second World War. Its effects on the survivors and descendants lasted long after the war.

This is Professor Tamas Dobozy's third collection of short stories. His previous book, Last Notes and Other Stories (2005), subsequently translated by Lori Saint-Martin into French, won the Governor General's Literary Award for French translation in 2007. Dobozy has published over 50 works of short fiction in journals such as Alaska Quarterly Review, OneStory, Fiction, Agni, and Granta, among others. He won the 1995 sub-Terrain Magazine short fiction contest, and in 2011 he won an O. Henry Prize, given to the top twenty works of short fiction published that year anywhere in Canada or the United States, for his story, "The Restoration of the Villa Where Tibor Kálmán Once Lived."

Siege 13 is published by Thomas Allen Publishers.

Read the review in The National Post.

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