A Reading of `Ballad of the Whisky Robber` by Author Julian Rubinstein (Sept 20, 2004)


On Monday, Sept. 20, the Manhattan Hungarian Network celebrates the publication of: Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts (Little, Brown, $23.95), by Julian Rubinstein.

Through extensive interviews across Hungary, Rubinstein--a veteran contributor to the Washington Post, New York Times, Rolling Stone, and Details, among other publications--has pieced together the fascinating, widely publicized, and yet little understood tale of Attila Ambrus, sometimes known as the "Robin Hood of Eastern Europe." This is the improbable true story of Attila Ambrus: grave digger, church painter, Transylvanian animal pelt smuggler, professional hockey goalie, serial bank robber and modern folk hero. Rubinstein will be reading from the newly released book at the Half King, 505 W. 23rd St.

The book has been hailed in advance reviews as "hilarious and incredible" (Maxim magazine), "fast-paced and exquisitely detailed" (Outside magazine), and "a rollicking tale told with glee and flair" (Publisher's Weekly).

Arthur Phillips, award-winning author of Prague, has called it “a great crime story… very funny, heart-breaking, gripping, incredible, and it implies volumes more: the distillation of a people or an era, or the failings and promise of money, freedom, fame. ..Attila Ambrus deserves to be America’s favorite gangster-goalkeeper.”

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We look forward to seeing you on September 20!

Date : 2004-09-20
Time : 19:30 - 21:30

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