Join George Szirtes at The Holt Bookshop as he discusses his book, The Photographer at Sixteen. A poet’s memoir of his mother, the book opens in July 1975 as Magda Szirtes dies in the ambulance taking her to hospital after she had tried to take her own life, and then flows backwards through time: exile in England, her flight with her husband and two young boys from Hungary in 1956, her internment in two concentration camps, her girlhood as an ambitious photographer, and the unknowable fate of her family in Transylvania. The woman who emerges - with all her contradictions - is utterly captivating. What were the terrors and obsessions that drove her?
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