When Jumaane, an African refugee, climbs the concrete wall securing the southern border of the hermetically sealed United States of Europe, his dreams of freedom and safety quickly turn into a living nightmare.
The year is 2058. The world's powers have been stabilised, the citizens of the newly formed super-states are safe, living in peace. But safety is a privilege of the fortunate few. For those, born on the wrong side of The Wall surrounding the United States of Europe, peace must be paid for; and the price is higher than ever before.
When fate brings the two men together, they struggle against time, hostile forces, their own prejudices and each other, towards a conclusion, neither of them would have thought possible."
New Dawn is a protest against the rise of racism, the political exploitation of ignorance and fear, and the glorification of war, wrapped in an action packed, constantly accelerating chase. Told from different points of view, the story shows all sides of an unfolding disaster. There are no pretenses or clichés, the characters confront each other and their own prejudices, while struggling to accept a reality that is widely different from their deepest rooted beliefs.
The story is set in a dystopian near future, which symbolises the ills of contemporary society. From the rise of extreme-right wing populism, through the inaptitude of a liberalism that is not willing to take action or even responsibility, to the oft-unspoken prejudices found in all aspects of everyday life, the story’s world and characters are based on our present time.
Attila Orosz was born and raised in Hungary, when the Iron Curtain was still a reality. He has since lived in various countries across Europe, collecting impressions and stories, which still inspire him to write both fiction and non-fiction. His prose is born out of frustration with a broken world, while his non-fiction books and articles are an attempt to mend it.
"Orosz's first novel is filled with tension, action, emotion [...] In addition to a fast-paced story, Orosz includes a number of
well-developed characters from different countries facing language
barriers and being treated without respect. Orosz is a talented
storyteller with a fresh, raw, compelling voice." (Publishers Weekly)