by Idra Novey

Gypsies & Jews

For all that has been published about the Holocaust, little has been written about Europe’s Gypsies—the “smoke brothers” of European Jews, as one character says in this novel. First published in England, where it won a Writers Award from the Arts Council of Great Britain, Fires in the Dark (Harper Collins, $24.95) is the first in a series Louise Doughty has planned on the history of the Romany people and her own Roma ancestry. In this exceptional installment, she depicts the unrelenting tragedies that beset a family of Coppersmith Gypsies in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. From the relatively peaceful interwar years through the Prague uprising of 1945, Doughty conveys the family’s prolonged struggle to save each other and themselves.

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