Embers is a novel by the Hungarian writer Sándor Márai. Its original Hungarian title is A gyertyák csonkig égnek, which means “Candles burn until the end”. Sándor Márai [ˈʃaːndor ˈmaːrɒi] was a Hungarian writer and journalist. Contents. 1 Biography; 2 Bibliography. Translated into English. 3 Gallery; 4. : le braci: SPEDIZIONE PIEGO DI LIBRO EURO1,
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you sansor to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Carol Brown Janeway Translator. Originally published in and now rediscovered to international acclaim, this taut and exquisitely structured novel by the Hungarian master Sandor Marai conjures the melancholy glamour of a decaying empire and the disillusioned wisdom of its last heirs.
In a secluded woodland castle an old General prepares to receive a rare visitor, a man who was once his closest friend Originally published in and now rediscovered to international acclaim, this taut and exquisitely structured novel by the Hungarian master Sandor Marai conjures the melancholy glamour of a decaying empire and the disillusioned wisdom of its last heirs.
In a secluded woodland castle an old General prepares to receive a rare visitor, a man who was once his closest friend but who he has not seen in forty-one years. Bracj the ensuing hours host and guest will fight a duel of lle and silences, accusations and evasions. And they will return to the time the three of them last sat together following a hunt in the nearby forest–a hunt in which no game was taken but during which something was lost forever.
Embers is a classic of modern European literature, a work whose poignant evocation of the past also seems like a prophetic glimpse into the moral abyss of the present Paperbackpages. Published August 13th by Vintage first published Premi Llibreter de narrativa To see what your friends maraai of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions sancor Embersplease sign up.
Is this a clean book in terms of subject matter and contexto? It has absolutely no profanity or explicit sex in it.
Embers by Sándor Márai
It just intimates the sex. It is about …more Embers: See 1 question about Embers…. Lists with This Book. Sandor Marai was born in in the mari Austrian-Hungarian Empire at a time when honor to one’s country was of the upmost importance. A staunch anti-fascist following the rise of the iron curtain, Marai was forced to flee his homeland and lived out his remaining days in California.
First published in and recovered with his other novels, Embers is fast becoming a modern classic. A throwback to a time when royalty living in isolated castles was a common practice in Europe, Embers reveals Sandor Marai was born in in the former Austrian-Hungarian Empire at a time when honor to one’s country was of the upmost importance.
A throwback to a time when royalty living in isolated castles was a common practice in Europe, Embers reveals an intimate look at life and relationships. Henrik has turned 75 and has lived with his nurse Nini, aged 91, in a castle outside of Vienna for the past 41 years. Upon hearing that his old friend Konrad will be arriving and joining him for dinner, Henrik looks back at the chapters of his life, focusing on how both he and Konrad have gotten to where they are at this moment.
Once friends as close as twin brothers, the pair has not seen each other since a incident with Henrik’s wife Krisztina forty one years ago. After the incident, Konrad fled to the Tropics while Henrik remained in his castle, alone.
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A son of the landed aristocracy on both sides of his family, Henrik was expected to go into the military academy at a young age. Yet, the only person who he ever felt love and affection from was his nursemaid Nini.
As a result, Henrik became depressed at the academy until he met Konrad. Henrik’s father welcomed Konrad into the family yet cautioned his son that Konrad was a different type of person destined for a career other than military.
The pair, although polar opposites, remained friends through their twenties. Marai writes how Henrik’s and Konrad’s lives moved on divergent paths. All these years later, the men do not desire to rekindle their friendship as the title may imply, but to find out the answers to questions that have lingered for this long.
Styling his prose by alternating between posing questions between the two with Henrik’s recollections of the past had me desiring to find out the conclusion mmarai this complicated web of emotions. Marai also posed an intriguing view on friendships and relationships that left me captivated by the novel through its closure.
Sandor Marai is a new author for me and I am glad that I uncovered this fascinating novel. His novels were considered bestsellers before Hungary fell into fascist hands, and are maarai being translated into English.
I rate this hidden gem a solid 4 stars, and look forward to reading more of his works as they become available. View all 26 comments. Feb 03, Seemita rated it it was amazing Recommended to Seemita by: I was stealing a glimpse of his face every now and then, convinced that the lines of exhaustion were going to creep upto his tongue any moment, tendering me an apology to relieve him of our evening chatter for the day. However, my apprehensions were misplaced.
The exhaustion stood defeated in the face of the radiance that slowly, ever so gradually, filled his visage, displacing the fatigue like a magic potion, as he reached for the cassette player and put one of his most favorite songs in loop. He also fondly went on to baci me its meaning. The translated lyrics go like this: As I read Embers, this song hung heavily on my psyche due to its similar metaphorical luminosity: With age, memory enlarges every detail and presents it in the sharpest outline.
Such violated lumps of memory hover around a life like the spirit – unseen, unlit, frequently uncouth but always undone. In Embers, two boys forge the best kind of friendship, two young men test the toughest kind of friendship and two old men relive the only kind of friendship.
Their friendship was deep and wordless, as el all the emotions that will last a lifetime.
sxndor And like all great emotions, this one contained sxndor itself both sandoe and a sense of guilt, for no one may isolate one of his fellows from the rest of humanity with impunity. Over a period of seventy-five years, the birth, maturity and death of every emotion is held between the tender palms of decision and indecision, truth and cowardice, fate and loss, and is flannelled against life filters.
A single deed, thus crushed and sieved, comes to haunt one for forty-one years, enmeshing him in the web his exploring fingers had unsuspectingly sewn around his own house. Did the deed trickle down in the same abnegating, granular texture beneath the pillow of the other too, maria his sleep for those very forty-one years? Words become mere instruments of wrapping time into bearable currents, getting their echoes despatched to silent death in the confines of a eandor engaged in altering memories, if not erasing them.
Endurance of a life-time denudes all justifications and arguments, leaving a residue that intends to simply marwi and become smoke. Smoke they did become, the memories. But the vestiges persisted, like mafai embers; silent, hidden, simmering and expectant of revelation on yet another cold night, subjugating the breeze sajdor words and emerging triumphant.
My apologies for any mistakes I might have committed in translating the Oriya song. My memories of it are a decade old and I ls have faltered at few places in comprehension or recollection. View all 70 comments. Beautiful words that form sentences that makes one stop and think. A exquisitely written story, very descriptive, one can picture the scenes down to the minutest of detail.
Friendship, the most expressive definition of a friendship between two men from different backgrounds that I have ever read. Betrayal, love, pride and at the last a definition of aging that is searing.
I cannot say swndor about the experience of reading this book except to say it is one that I will long remember and that I mus Beautiful words that form sentences that makes one stop and think.
I cannot say enough about the experience of reading this book except to say it is one that I will long remember and that I must seek out more of this amazing author’s work. One quote from the book had me thinking about it on and off all day, “It is not true that fate slips silently into our lives. It steps in through the door that we have opened, and we invite it to enter” View all 15 comments.
May 12, Samadrita rated it really liked marqi Recommends it for: Embers is a tale of heart-breaking beauty. The kind of beauty which is not apparent right at the onset but which makes its omnipresence felt as you keep turning the pages and reach that state of involvement with the narrative, where you cannot wait to feast your eyes and senses on another delicately structured sentence.
It lies in the pall of gloom cast by the shadow of some tragedy unspoken of, lurking in the dark, cobwebbed nooks and corners of a secluded castle, the relentless flow of time th Embers is a tale of heart-breaking beauty.
It lies in the pall of gloom cast by the shadow of some tragedy unspoken of, lurking in the dark, cobwebbed nooks and corners of a secluded castle, the relentless flow of time the sense of which the book tries to capture quite successfully and in the hollowness of life itself. There is no worthwhile story to be found at its core since a reflection on love, betrayal and the consequences of human folly is nothing new.
But it is the handling of these ke which is. He ends up imparting a restrained elegance even to the meanest of human tendencies like the insane urge to kill another and to the chilling finality in a man’s feelings of disillusionment with life and the people he held dear to his heart.
How eventually everything dies out and ceases to matter, after creating a few evanescent ripples on the surface of the placid lake of human existence. A few irritants have kept me from placing this book on my personal, metaphysical pedestal of absolute literary perfection – the objectification of women, a subtle nod of approval to medieval values like the appreciation of gender specific character traits, the seemingly endless and tedious monologue in the latter half of the book and a sense of perverse vanity the central characters seem to derive out of their European ancestry caused me to take away that 1 star.
Barring these minor causes of botheration, Embers is near perfect. It glows powerfully with the spirit of all actions bracii emotions so distinctly characteristic of life itself, before burning out and surrendering itself to the inevitability of an ending. View all 34 comments. Aug 15, K. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I just brack find anything not to like about this book.
To think that it sat there, gathering dust, in my bookshelves for more than 2 years. What a pity if I died without reading this flawlessly engrossing work. I only picked this because it is thin and sanor to me like a quick read. I was behind by 8 books in my Reading Challenge here in Goodre Embers is perfect.