Castles Burning: A Child's Life in War

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A psychoanalyst describes her childhood growing up in war-torn Hungary; her overwhelming encounter with an incomprehensible world of deprivation, separation, and loss; and her painful odyssey through the devastation and homelessness of postwar Europe.

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This steely account of a childhood on the run, first from the Nazis and then as a refugee in postwar Europe, serves as a fitting memorial to the author, who died in December 1996, shortly before the book was published. Magda Denes settled in America and became a psychoanalyst, which may explain her total lack of sentimentality about her youthful self. The fierce emotions of childhood--exacerbated in this case by the danger she faced as a Jew in fascist Hungary--have seldom been better portrayed.

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Magda Denes is a professor in the postdoctoral programs in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy at Adelphi University and New York University, and a faculty member and supervisor in the department of psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

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