The Good Lord Isn't Home, and Other Stories
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This is a collection of four intricately plotted and compelling stories that introduce Gypsy characters who turn out to be not quite as one would expect. The first tells of the friendship between two men on the fringes of society. In the second, a young woman whose husband is in prison is forced to sell her body to feed her children. The third tells of a man trying to remember his mother who died tragically during the World War II. The fourth is about a dying Gypsy fighting against government agents who plan to tear down his home.
Béla Osztojkan : Béla Osztojkán, a Hungarian Rom, was raised in the town of Csenger on the Romanian border. He was profoundly marked by his origins, and all his stories are set in the region where he grew up. A respected figure in the Gypsy cultural and political arena, he is the author of several novels, poems, and short stories. He received the Prix Bezeredj in 1997.
Éditions Fayard published these last two works of fiction just before his death in 2008.