Miklós Vámos is a Hungarian writer who has published over 40 books, many of them in multiple languages. He is a recipient of numerous literary awards, including the 2016 Prima Primissima Literary Award, one of the most prestigious awards in Hungary. His most successful book is The Book of Fathers, which has been translated into nearly 30 languages. His ancestors on his father’s side were Jews who perished in the Holocaust. Fortunately, his father—a member of a penitentiary march battalion—survived. Out of the 5,000 Hungarian Jews sent off to their deaths late in World War II, only seven came back. His father was one of them. Vámos was raised in Socialist Hungary unaware he was a Jew. In an effort to save himself from his chaotic heritage, he turned to writing novels.
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