An Exclusive Love

An Exclusive Love

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Two people have grown old together. He is terminally ill, she doesn't want to live without him. One Sunday in autumn, they clean the apartment, leave the dog with a friend, and protect the rose-bushes against the cold of the coming winter. Then they are ready.Tactfully and affectionately, Johanna Adorj#65533;n has reconstructed the day of her grandparents' suicide. Vera and Istv#65533;n were anything but ordinary. Chain-smoking and glamorous, they exuded the aura of a more elegant age. And they had a past which they did not discuss--even within the family. Decades ago they had fled disaster, started a new life in Denmark and--so it seemed--never looked back.Sixteen years after her grandparents' death, Johanna Adorj#65533;n sets out to fill the gaps of their story, in the process discovering unexpected things about herself and her family. Against the backdrop of the horrors of the 20th-century, she brings Vera and Istv#65533;n back to life--a fascinating couple, peculiarly stylish, stubborn, eccentric. With an extraordinary blend of true reporting and novelistic recreation Johanna Adorj#65533;n tries to understand their last and powerful act.Beautifully written, tender but never sentimental, An Exclusive Love is a brilliantly-constructed memoir and a gorgeous romance, a tale of two people who died as they lived: inseparable.
Uniform Title: Exklusive Liebe. English
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2011.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780393080018
Branch Call Number: 940.5318092
Characteristics: 185 p. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Bell, Anthea


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May 09, 2011

Great book. After the death of her grandparents by suicide in 1991, the author speaks to many friends and relatives trying to piece together who her grandparents were and what drove them to commit suicide together. Their past lives are intertwined with the day of their suicide.

debwalker Feb 08, 2011

Shelf Talker: An exploration by a Danish author of her Hungarian grandparents' lives as World War II survivors, and their suicides in their 70s. In reconstructing the last day of their lives, Johanna Adorján has written a sad but tender story.


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