Ballad ​of the Whiskey Robber 1 csillagozás

A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts
Julian Rubinstein: Ballad of the Whiskey Robber Julian Rubinstein: Ballad of the Whiskey Robber

Ballad of the Whiskey Robber is the award-winning saga of Attila Ambrus, a Transylvanian refugee who came to define an era. Born under Nicolae Ceausescu in Romania in 1967, Attila escaped into Hungary underneath a train in 1988, just before the fall of communism. He worked as a gravedigger, an animal pelt smuggler, a zamboni driver, and a (terrible) professional hockey goalie before taking up robbery to make ends meet. His performance art style heists of the former communist state bank, OTP, struck a chord and the legend of the “Whiskey Robber” was born.

Ballad of the Whiskey Robber is a story about capitalism, national identity and the tumultuous post-communist era in Eastern Europe.

Attila Ambrus is currently in prison in Hungary.

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352 oldal · ISBN: 9780316010733
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Little, Brown Books, New York, Boston, 2004
320 oldal · ISBN: 0316071676

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To his eager ears, even the most banal statement that afternoon was a shrstk-hat-chop sonata, the syncopated conflagration of consonants, accents, and unabashed umlauts an auditory orgy.

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Every few minutes a banana-yellow tram, linked to a network of elevated cables, clanked to a stop and deposited its passengers onto a cement island in the middle of an intersecting avenue, there in the convenient, high-occupancy, and fashionably invadable neighborhood of dead central Europe.

18. oldal, Two - Budapest, Wednesday, October 12, 1988

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Attila folded himself into the Lada, and he and Bóta lurched through the curving, narrow streets with a fashion and firepower of a toaster.

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… according to the press release issued by the Hungarian information service, Hungary's relationship with the FBI dated back to 1937, since which time the FBI ha „trained some 27,000 officers, including one Hungarian.”

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Meanwhile, Transylvania remained best known for two buildings … both of which are believed to be connected to a vampire who never lived anywhere at any time.

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Juszt's show was a sort of Hungary's Most Wanted, produced with the budget and technical sophistication of a typical American junior high school A/V department. But the show had been a huge hit, an example of how the creation of a free press had resulted in a great flowering of the tabloids.

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Not surprisingly, the Kriminális interview was a public relations hat trick for Attila. He came off as handsome, intelligent, articulate, courageous, self-effacing, and even penitent – not exactly qualities Hungarians associate with someone sitting in jail or, for that matter, elected office.

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