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Reparation

Reparation

Author(s): Gaby Koppel

Location(s): Budapest, Cardiff, Stamford Hill

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Contemporary

1997 and Elizabeth’s emigre parents approach retirement in straitened circumstances. Mutti has come up with a novel solution – she is going to claim compensation from the Hungarian Government – hard enough for someone with a clear mind, but near impossible for an impulsive heavy drinker teetering towards dementia. TV journalist Elizabeth is pursuing a story of child abduction in the Hassidic community. In the wake of her father’s sudden death and her mother’s increasing obsession with wartime Hungary she struggles to keep her job and her relationship. Then she gets a phone call to say that her mother has been arrested in Budapest. Elizabeth is forced to confront the nature of motherhood, love and loss as she puts together the clues to Mutti’s past and to the fate of the lost little girl.

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