The Red Magician (Paperback)
Winner of the 1983 American Book Award, "The Red Magician" was an immediate classic.
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 Voros, and attempts to aid him in protecting the village.
But the local rabbi, who possesses magical powers, insists that the village is safe, and frustrates Voros'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, the Old World and the New.
"The Red Magician" is a notable work of Holocaust literature and a distinguished work of fiction, as well as a marvelously entertaining fantasy that is, in the end, wise and transcendent.
"Lisa Goldstein's The Red Magician...turns the hidden world of Eastern European Jews during the 1940s into a world of wonders, then transcends the Holocaust with a magical optimism." -The New York Times Book Review
"She has given us the kind of magic and adventure that once upon a time made us look for secret panels in the walls of wardrobes, or brush our teeth with a book held in front of our eyes, because we couldn't bear to put it down." -The New Yorker
"A beautifully told, richly textured fantasty." -Publishers Weekly
"This touching novel is an effortless repast, nourishment for the mind and soul....I applaud the intent; I applaud even more the results." -Philip K. Dick