The Boy Who Stole Attila’s Horse

Iván Repila

Translated by Sophie Hughes


128 pp

Published 04/08/2016

ISBN 9781782272229

'Beyond brilliance . . . magnificent, stark and beautiful' Irish Times

'An allegory of economic inequality and revolutionary rage' John Self

'It looks impossible to get out,' he says. And also: 'But we'll get out.'

Two brothers, Big and Small, are trapped at the bottom of a well. They have no food and little chance of rescue. As Small begins to give in to the seductive hallucinations of madness, Big formulates a desperate plan.

This is a beautiful and profound story of brotherhood which unfurls like the darkest of fables, shot through with astonishing realism. Repila's remarkable allegory explores the depths of human desperation, and our almost unending capacity for hope.