Fires in the Dark

Fires in the Dark

Book - 2004
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Fires In the Dark reveals the highly secretive and misunderstood world of the coppersmith gypsies.

In 1927, when prosperity still reigns in Central Europe, Yenko is born to two Coppersmith Gypsies. His parents, Josef and Anna, are nomads who raise their son during the relative calm of the Great Depression of the 1930s. Soon, though, dangerous times threaten to unsettle their family, as their heritage makes them vulnerable targets for ethnic cleansing. As Germany invades Czechoslovakia and the conflicts of World War II begin to unfold, Yenko and his parents become fugitives, forced on a journey that promises only great uncertainty and offers survival as a remote possibility. In the course of their flight, the burden of an ancient tradition rests entirely on Yenko's shoulders.

In capturing the desperation and perseverance of one family during an extraordinary time in history, Louise Doughty pays powerful homage to an insular and little-known culture.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060571238
0060571233
9780060571221
0060571225
Characteristics: 480 p. ; 23 cm

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salgeogal
May 27, 2016

8 out of 10. Like any story about Nazi persecution, it was hard to read at times, but it's still a good read. The Roma were one of many groups the Nazi's targeted for elimination that have been overlooked by history.

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