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Review of Christina Shea's Smuggled

Review of Christina Shea's Smuggled

Smuggled By Christina Shea (Hungary 1990–92) Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Black Cat July 2011 256 Pages $14.00 Reviewed by Marnie Mueller (Ecuador 1963–65) CHRISTINA SHEA’S SMUGGLED IS a tale of the emotionally corrosive power of dictatorial societies. It is also the story of human resiliency in the face of repressive governmental policies. Christina Shea has done an estimable job of illustrating this dichotomy in her second novel, an austere political saga covering fifty years of political upheaval in Eastern Europe, more specifically, Hungary and Romania between 1943 and 1991, spanning World War Two, the Stalinist takeover, and the eventual collapse of Communism. In limpid, unadorned prose, Shea, follows Jewish Éva Farkas from the age of five when she is smuggled out of Hungary in a flour sack, over the border into Romania where she is renamed Anca Balaj, and begins her transformation under the protective identity of “Romanian internal refugee” in the . . .

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