The Color of Smoke

The Color of Smoke

A Novel

by Menyhert Lakatos

Translated by Ann Major

Published by: New Europe Books

480 pages, 5.50 x 8.25 in

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780985062347
  • Published: August 2015


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The first major novel about Eastern Europe's Roma, or Travelers (Gypsies), by a Romani author, The Color of Smoke is both a work of passion chronicling one young man's rise to manhood and an epic work that conjures up a dark era of world history. It is an undiscovered classic that has been published in several languages since its 1975 appearance in Hungary--but never before in English.

Inspired by the author's own boyhood in World War II-era Hungary, it is a beautifully written coming-of-age story of a Romani boy torn between the community of his birth and the mainstream society that both entices him and rejects him.