An extraordinary account of survival through one of the darkest periods of Europe’s history. Death and persicution were never far away, yet Vera always rose above it all to see the positive side of life.
The story of Vera Hajnal, of her courage during a wartime adolescence in Hungary, "when bombs gave you more of a chance than people" and of her passion and perseverance as the country is rebuilt in the wake of devastation. Great hope and sacrifice soon turn to disillusionment on seeing how the ideals of a just society are gradually, but steadily, betrayed.
A private chronicle unfolds, recounted with sparkling humour and perception, of student days, family life and a professional career, punctuated by the occasional family recipe, police raid or prison visit. An inveterate story teller, our author Vera takes us on a journey from the Danube to the Liffey in Dublin Above all, it is about the thrill of simply staying alive.
Hardback 112pp — ISBN 0906002123