Montreal architect André Vecsei (1926-2006) wrote this story during long sleepless nights. His abiding insomnia was brought on by ever-present memories of his Hungarian past, including imprisonment by the Gestapo and later by the AVO, the Hungarian KGB. From these experiences, he learned that life is never solely tragic nor comic; as in the Greek theatre mask, grief and laughter are always and forever omnipresent.
Set in Montreal’s elite Westmount neighbourhood and peppered with references to classical music, this novel by author André Vecsei is a “homage” to the duality of life, a dark comedy. As a narrative, it is equally entertaining and enlightening, hilarious and heartbreaking; a history of post-war revenge in the Balkans and social mores in 1970s Montreal.