The novel is about a young Hungarian boy, GyÃ¶rgy Gyuri KÃ¶ves, living in Budapest. The book opens as GyÃ¶rgy's father is being sent to a labor camp. Soon afterwards, GyÃ¶rgy receives working papers and travels to work outside of the Jewish quarter. One day all of the Jews are pulled off of the buses leaving the Jewish quarter, and are sent to Auschwitz on a train without water. Arriving there, GyÃ¶rgy lies about his age, unknowingly saving his own life, and tells us of camp life and the conditions he faces.Eventually he is sent to Buchenwald, and continues on describing his life in a concentration camp, before being finally sent to another camp in Zeitz. GyÃ¶rgy falls ill and nears death, but remains alive and is eventually sent to a hospital facility in a concentration camp until the war ends. Returning to Budapest, he is confronted with those who were not sent to camps and had just recently begun to hear of the terrible injustice and suffering.Nobel Prize in Literature in 2002.