Published: November 2018
Not just a journey through turbulent decades and across continents, this autobiography by George Szego - a practising psychiatrist - is also an enthralling exploration of the possibilities of self-analysis.
Szego paints a warm and vivid picture of youth that is fast obliterated when Nazi tanks invade Hungary in 1944. Szego drifts between analysis and cinematic narration even as he walks through hell itself, diving deeper and deeper into fantasy and memory as a means of survival.
Now in its second edition, Two Prayers to One God is more than a Holocaust book. It is a compelling look at the post-war years of rejuvenation in Budapest that were snatched away by Stalinist terror, and later, regained fleetingly with the Hungarian Revolution.