Finalist for the Prix du Meilleur LivreÉtranger (France)
Finalist for the Premio von Rezzori (Italy)
Long-listed for the Prix Femina (France)
“Anything can happen in The Bone Fire—and everything does. Dragomán puts us in the middle of our most wondrous and terrifying childhood fairytales, somehow unhazing their dreaminess and replicating their electrifying uncertainty all at once.”
—Téa Obreht, bestselling author of Inland and The Tiger's Wife
"The Bone Fire exposes the magic and mystery behind so much of what we accept in our lives to be fact: that parents die, that children grow up, that regimes change, that we keep going. It traces, thanks to György Dragomán's deft hand, in Ottilie Mulzet's careful, confident translation, the places where fairy tale lands and post-Soviet territories meet. It is as sinister as it is stunningly beautiful. It is the work of a master."
—Julia Phillips, author of Disappearing Earth
"Nested in this novel’s magical setting is the darkly-glinting stone of a turbulent political history of secrets, betrayals, ghosts, and memory. Dragomán’s exigent concerns, his transitionless subject-verb-object sentences, and his terrific gift for sensual details give this book its breathless, detective-fiction-like pacing. It will pierce you like a knitting needle. "
—Forrest Gander, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of Twice Alive
"A poignant coming-of-age tale set against the backdrop of regime change."
"[An] evocative work of magic realism... Fans of Gabriel García Márquez may want to have a look."