Fear on the streets. Death on every corner. But the real enemy is the brother at his side.
For fans of Sebastian Faulks, William Boyd and Helen Dunmore, comes a short historical novella on a large canvas from the founder of History In An Hour.
“My Brother the Enemy” is a story of jealousy, sibling rivalry and betrayal against a backdrop of Soviet oppression, violence and a desperate bid for freedom.
Hungarian twins, Lukacs and Janos, and their parents have survived the war and the Nazis.
But in 1949, aged 13, they find themselves victim of Hungary’s Soviet masters and exiled into a forgotten village. Ostracized and persecuted for being Jewish, the twins fall prey to the whims of their violent father. Janos’s love for his brother is slowly eroded as Lukacs proves himself to be ruthless and manipulative. When Monika comes into their young lives, their mutual jealousies heighten and threaten to tear them apart.
1956 – Hungary is in the grip of revolution, rebelling against Soviet oppression. As the Soviet tanks roll in to crush the uprising, Lukacs and Janos find themselves in Budapest at the epicenter of events. Amid the violence and death that descends over the city, the twins’ seething bitterness and their shared love for Monika finally explodes with devastating consequences.
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It’s very emotional stuff. And although much of the novel is set during the revolution of 1956, it is very much a novel about the people, not the event.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Once written, read your novel aloud. It’s an excellent form of editing!
I am the founder, editor and writer of the highly successful History In An Hour series of ebooks, published by HarperCollins.
I’ve always been fascinated about how ordinary people coped in the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War, especially while Stalin was still alive. The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 was a real flashpoint during the Cold War when the people of Hungary stood up against Soviet oppression.
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