For the Children

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For the Children is a narrative memoir that tells the true story of the author’s family's escape from Hungary and immigration to Canada in 1956, told from the viewpoint of the seven year old child he was at the time. More

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About Geza Tatrallyay

Born in Budapest, Hungary, Geza Tatrallyay escaped with his family in 1956 during the Hungarian Revolution, immigrating to Canada the same year. He grew up in Toronto, attending the University of Toronto Schools, where he was School Captain. He graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Human Ecology in 1972 (after taking a break in his studies to work as a host in the Ontario Pavilion at Expo’70 in Osaka, Japan). Geza was selected as a Rhodes Scholar from Ontario, attending Oxford University and graduating with a BA/MA in Human Sciences in 1974; he completed his studies with a MSc in Economics from London School of Economics and Politics in 1975. Geza represented Canada as an épée fencer in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.

Geza’s professional experience has included stints in government, international organizations, finance and environmental entrepreneurship. Since 2004, he has essentially been semi-retired, managing a few investments mainly in the clean energy sector and devoting himself to his family and his writing. Geza is a citizen of Canada and Hungary, with an American wife, a daughter living in New York and a son in Nairobi, and currently divides his time between Bordeaux, France, and Barnard, Vermont.

Geza Tatrallyay has written a number of books, including a collection of poetry (Cello's Tears), a thriller (Twisted Reasons), an e-thriller (Arctic Meltdown), and as well some of his poems and articles have been published in various journals.


Review by: Martin Kaplan on June 8, 2015 :
A moving true-life thriller -- combining suspense and feeling is quite a feat. And freedom is as much a character, and a well-drawn one at that, as the narrator. I'd heard that Canada was a destination for asylum-seekers from the Soviet orbit, just as Latin America had been for Jews of an earlier period. This memoir truly makes that journey come alive. Telling it from the pov of the 7-year old to whom it happened is an ingenious choice that makes this book especially readable, and memorable.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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