Built around the events of the Soviet Budapest Offensive at the end of World War II and its long shadow, the stories in Siege 13 are full of wit, irony, and dark humor. In a series of linked stories that alternate between the siege itself and a contemporary community of Hungarian émigrés who find refuge in the West, Dobozy utilizes a touch of deadpan humor and a deep sense of humanity to extoll the horrors and absurdity of ordinary people caught in the crosshairs of brutal conflict and its silent aftermath.
Observing the uses and mis-uses of history, and their effect on individuals and community, Dobozy examines the often blurry line between right and wrong, portraying a world in which one man’s betrayal is another man’s survival, and in which common citizens are caught between the pincers of aggressors, leading to actions at once deplorable, perplexing, and heroic. Dobozy's stories feature characters, "lost forever in the labyrinth built on the thin border between memories and reality, past and present, words and silence. Like Nabokov, Tamas Dobozy combines the best elements of European and American storytelling, creating a fictional world of his own." (David Albahari, author of Gotz and Meyer)
Tamas Dobozy is the author of Last Notes: And Other Stories (Arcade, 2002), named a top fiction title by The Globe and Mail and When X Equals Marylou (Arsenal Pulp, 2003). His work has appeared in Granta 107, The Raritan Review, One Story, The Chicago Review, Northwest Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. His works have also been anthologized in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010, and he was awarded an O. Henry Prize. Born and raised in Canada by Hungarian-born parents, Dobozy was previously a Fulbright Scholar in Creative Writing at New York University, and he now teaches at Wilfrid Laurier University and lives in Ontario, Canada.