Search Results: "Péter Nádas"


BOOK REVIEW

A BOOK OF MEMORIES by Péter Nádas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"One of the major contemporary European novels."
An imposing novel of ideas closely related in spirit to the great fictional syntheses of Hermann Broch and Robert Musil, as well as to the autobiographical masterpiece that is its specific inspiration: Proust's Remembrance of Things Past. Read full book review >

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LOVE by Péter Nádas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Nádas at his best is a lot better than this."
In this slight 1979 novel by the acclaimed Hungarian author of A Book of Memories (1997), a nameless lover attempts to leave his mistress, smokes dope and glides soporifically out of "the time which I've up to now believed to be reality," and considers the possibility that this amorphous fugue state makes more tolerable the emotional conflicts imposed by the quotidian. Read full book review >

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FIRE AND KNOWLEDGE by Péter Nádas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"A book that enlarges our sense of the moral, political and literary worlds we inhabit."
From Budapest-born Nádas (Love, 2000, etc.), a collection of fiction and essays, spanning roughly 40 years. Read full book review >

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PARALLEL STORIES by Péter Nádas
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A pensive, beautifully written tour de force of modern European literature, worthy of shelving alongside Döblin, Pasternak and Mann."
A robust epic of a Mitteleuropa lurching out of totalitarianism into whatever passes for modern society—"not a terrain without perils," as one of the principal characters grimly observes. Read full book review >

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COBBLESTONE by Péter Lengyel
Released: Feb. 10, 1993

"Lengyel's heroically scaled assault on narrative and causality may well remind some readers of Paul Auster, as individual characters repeatedly dissolve into endless vistas of history—and, Ulysses-like, into an obsessively detailed catalogue of 20th-century Budapest."
A vast, sprawling novel linking a meticulously plotted jewel theft in 1896 Budapest to the impulsive crime of passion that sinks the plotters—and to the history of modern Hungary, of the anonymous narrator's family, and of life on earth. Read full book review >

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FEVER AT DAWN by Péter Gárdos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"A novel about star-crossed lovers fails, in the end, to come fully to life."
Two Holocaust survivors fall in love at a distance by writing letters to one another in this debut novel. Read full book review >