Books by George Szirtes

IZA'S BALLAD by Magda Szabó
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Ghosts, angels, and demons hover in this quiet meditation on grief, love, and history."
A man's death changes reality for his widow and daughter. Read full book review >
THE LAST WOLF and HERMAN by László Krasznahorkai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Somewhere James Joyce is smiling. Krasznahorkai is a writer who, though difficult, demands greater recognition by readers outside Hungary."
Two short but maddeningly complex fictions by the Hungarian master (Seiobo There Below, 2013, etc.) of the postmodern. Read full book review >
ESTHER’S INHERITANCE by Sándor Márai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2008

"A finely wrought, heartbreaking self-portrait."
The quiet horror of self-destructive love fuels this beautifully proportioned novella; since Embers (2001), this is the third work of the Hungarian (1900-89) to be translated into English. Read full book review >
THE REBELS by Sándor Márai
Released: March 23, 2007

"A compelling novel that nonetheless carries the ponderous weight of the era's events and ideas."
A newly translated 1930 novel by Hungarian author Márai, set among a group of young men during WWI, joins two other works by the author to enjoy recent play in the publishing sun: Embers (2001) and Casanova in Bolzano (2004). Read full book review >
WAR AND WAR by László Krasznahorkai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2006

"Issues of war, peace and reality are overshadowed by the thoroughly depressing figure of Korin, 'the personification of defeat.'"
Burrow into the dense prose of this novel—the Hungarian author's second U.S. publication (following The Melancholy of Resistance, 2000)—about an archivist on a mission and you'll find a story-within-a-story. Read full book review >
CASANOVA IN BOLZANO by Sándor Márai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2004

"Embers was the work of a master of concision and irony. This is self-indulgent rant."
The legendary lover is the beleaguered antihero of this hitherto untranslated 1940 novel. Read full book review >
THE BUDAPEST FILE by George Szirtes
Released: April 13, 2001

"He exhibits flashes of a dark, playful humor, but this is a somberly powerful collection."
Szirtes is the son of Hungarian Jews, expatriated in the upheavals of 1956, who grew up in London and studied to be a painter. Read full book review >
THE MELANCHOLY OF RESISTANCE by László Krasznahorkai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 27, 2000

"Not an easy read, but ingeniously composed and fascinating."
A first English translation of a 1989 Hungarian novel, in which the arrival of a traveling circus in a nondescript village arouses local curiosity, paranoia, and terror and ends in a kind of communal madness. Read full book review >