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
Characteristics: 480 p. ; 23 cm


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May 07, 2018

A novel about the attempted extermination of the Gypsies during WW II told through the story of a family. Between one-quarter and one-half a million people were killed. The novel ends on a somewhat defeated note with the loss of the culture of these people.

Apr 29, 2018

Doughty illustrates her ability to tackle a wide variety of topics while maintaining a strong narrative and realistic plot development. The tragedy she explores is apropos for the current climate of ethnic cleansing and right wing nationalism.

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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