Book Talk: Three Memoirs - Influences from behind the Iron Curtain on a Harvard Life
Geza Tatrallyay, San Francisco author of twelve books, will reflect on how his early childhood escape from Communist Hungary in 1956 and subsequent contact with the oppression behind the Iron Curtain during and soon after his years at Harvard have marked his life and have provided the interest and material for his writing of not only his memoirs but also his fiction. He will do this by talking about, and reading from, his three published memoirs in his Cold War Escape trilogy, FOR THE CHILDREN (the story of his family’s escape), THE EXPO AFFAIR (the story of three Czechoslovak girls who approached him to help them defect to Canada when he took a year away from his studies at Harvard to work at Expo 70 in Osaka, Japan) and THE FENCERS (the story of a Romanian fencer he helped defect to Canada at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, where he represented Canada in epée fencing), as well as his works of fiction, the ebook ARCTIC MELTDOWN, and the three books of the “Twisted’ trilogy --TWISTED REASONS, TWISTED TRAFFICK and TWISTED FATES. All three of his memoirs touch on his experiences at Harvard and he his woven some of these real life events into his novels as well.
Geza was born in Hungary, from where he escaped with his family during the revolution in 1956 immigrating to Canada. He studied at Harvard University, after which a Rhodes Scholarship took him to Oxford University and the London School of Economics and Politics. In 1976, Geza was a member of the Canadian Olympic as a fencer. After a career in international finance and environmental entrepreneurism, Geza has had twelve books published, including the three memoirs, five thrillers, three collections of poetry and one children’s picture storybook.
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January 16, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The presentation will be about forty minutes with the rest of the time for discussion and questions.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Conference Room on the 22nd Floor
Four Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA 94111-5998
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