The Book of Memories
By (author) Peter Nadas
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Book of Memories by Peter Nadas
Book DescriptionThis extraordinary magnum opus seems at first to be a confessional autobiographical novel in the grand manner, claiming and extending the legacy of Proust and Mann. But it is more: Peter Nadas has given us a superb contemporary psychological novel that comes to terms with the ghosts, corpses, and repressed nightmares of Europe's recent past. "A Book of Memories" is made up of three first-person narratives: the first that of a young Hungarian writer and his fated love for a German poet; we also learn of the narrator's adolescence in Budapest, when he experiences the downfall of his once-upper-class but now pro-Communist family and of his beloved but repudiated father, a state prosecutor who commits suicide after the 1956 uprising. A second memoir, alternating with the first, is a novel the narrator is composing about a refined Belle Epoque aesthete, whose anti-bourgeois transgressions seem like emotionally overcharged versions of the narrator's own experiences. A third voice is that of a childhood friend who, after the narrator's return to his homeland, offers an apparently more objective account of their friendship. Together these brilliantly colored lives are integrated in a powerful work of tragic intensity.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780312427962
(213mm x 140mm x 43mm)
Imprint: Picador USA
Publish Date: 22-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Peter Nadas
Central European Avant-Gardes, Hardback (February 2002)
An illustrated study of the early twentieth-century transformation from Expressionism to Constructivism and beyond in the Central European arts.
End of a Family Story, Paperback (May 2000)» View all books by Peter Nadas
Set in Hungary in the 1950s, when Stalinist repression has reduced the populace to silence and deception, this book tells the story of an old man who flees to his memories of the past. For his grandson, he invents a fantastic tapestry of stories, a family saga, and a world of myths and legends.
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Author Biography - Peter Nadas
Peter Nadas is the author of the novels "A Book of Memories," "The End of a Family Story," and "Love. "He lives in Gombosszeg, in western Hungary."
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