Winner of the 1983 American Book Award
The Red Magician is both a notable work of Holocaust literature and a distinguished novel—a marvelously entertaining fantasy that is, in the end, wise and transcendent.
On the eve of World War II, a wandering magician comes to a small Hungarian village prophesying death and destruction. Eleven-year-old Kicsi believes Vörös, and attempts to aid him in protecting the village. But the local rabbi, who also possesses magical powers, insists that the village is safe, and frustrates Vörös's attempts to transport them all to safety. Then the Nazis come and the world changes.
Miraculously, Kicsi survives the horrors of the concentration camp and returns to her village to witness the final climactic battle between the rabbi and the Red Magician, between the Old World and the New.