In the early 1990s, five young American expatriates come to Budapest to
seek their fortune—financial, romantic, and spiritual—in an exotic city newly
opened to the West. They harbor the vague suspicion that their counterparts in
Prague, where the atmospheric decay of post–Cold War Europe is even more
cinematically perfect, have it better. Still, they hope to find adventure,
inspiration, a gold rush, or history in the making.
What they actually find is a deceptively beautiful place they often
fail to understand. What does it mean to fret about your fledgling career when
the man across the table was tortured by two different regimes? How does your
short, uneventful life compare to the lives of those who actually resisted,
fought, and died? What does your angst mean in a city still pocked with bullet
holes from war and crushed rebellion?
Journalist John Price finds these questions impossible to answer yet
impossible to avoid, though he tries to forget them in the din of Budapest’s
nightclubs, in a romance with a secretive young diplomat, at the table of an
elderly cocktail pianist, and in the moody company of a young man obsessed with
nostalgia. Arriving in Budapest one spring day to pursue his elusive brother,
John finds himself pursuing something else entirely, something he can’t quite
put a name to, something that will draw him into stories much larger than
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