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The Resource Portraits of a marriage, Sándor Márai ; translated from the Hungarian by George Szirtes

Portraits of a marriage, Sándor Márai ; translated from the Hungarian by George Szirtes

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Portraits of a marriage
Title
Portraits of a marriage
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Sándor Márai ; translated from the Hungarian by George Szirtes
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  • eng
  • hun
  • eng
Summary
Follows the experiences of a passionate triangle of lovers, including wealthy bourgeois couple Peter and Ilonka and their survival-minded servant, Judit
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Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Three interior monologues stand as a triptych in the latest novel to be translated into English by a Hungarian writer who flourished in the 1930s. With this phenomenal novel, our conviction, based on the Márai novels already translated, including Embers (2001) and The Rebels (2007), is confirmed: he ranks as one of the twentieth century’s greatest novelists. The book’s title is apt; the three sections focus on the conditions of one particular marriage: that between a Budapest industrial magnate and his beautiful wife in the deceptively peaceful years between the world wars, when the “world had not been boarded over yet; for a moment everything—Europe, life itself—was bathed in intense light.” In seeking definitions of love, and in excercising his obviously abiding interest in the theme of loneliness in marriage, the author, in a glorious demonstration of psychological acuity, offers his powerful findings from three perspectives: from the husband and from the wife, naturally, but also from the servant girl in the man’s parents’ household who becomes his second wife. The idea that marriage partners keep information about themselves from each other is the outwardly simple, even ordinary, premise upon which the narrative rests; it is the author’s brilliant dissection of that situation that makes this novel so exceptional. The ultimate factor in deciding if the novel works is whether the three segments mesh well enough to give the reader a smoothly integrated whole picture, and Portraits of a Marriage is the last word on the effectiveness of the triple-voice technique. -- Hooper, Brad (Reviewed 01-01-2011) (Booklist, vol 107, number 9, p44)
  • /* Starred Review */ This autopsy of a failed marriage shows a virtuosic control of character and tone meaningfully set against the ossification of the fin de siÿcle Austro-Hungarian empire. It starts with Ilonka, whose middle-class husband, Peter, is in love with his mother-in-law's maid, Judit. Ilonka's bitter tale of a fight to win her husband back, only to be outdone by the other woman, gives way to the same story told by Peter, itself followed by Judit's take. What emerges is a cubist portrait of a harsh love and a dying society, elegantly paced and delightfully contradictory. Ilonka, Peter, and Judit each possess strong philosophies on life and love, and Márai successfully probes the blind spots and conflicting assumptions in their varied points of view. With each new voice, each very much its own thanks to Szirtes's faultless new translation, Márai (1900–1989) builds suspense and reveals new layers and twists to this tale. Suffused with nostalgia and regret, the book evokes and examines both the nature of longing and the decline of a great empire. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed November 15, 2010) (Publishers Weekly, vol 257, issue 45, p)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
379896
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DLC
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1900-1989
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Márai, Sándor
Dewey number
894/.511334
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1948-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Szirtes, George
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True
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  • Marriage
  • Married people
  • Spouses
  • Mistresses
  • Triangles (Interpersonal relations)
  • Marriage
  • Married people
  • Mistresses
  • Spouses
  • Triangles (Interpersonal relations)
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Portraits of a marriage, Sándor Márai ; translated from the Hungarian by George Szirtes
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
798881
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
371 pages
Isbn
9781400045013
Lccn
2010034251
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9781400045013
  • (OCoLC)635461175
Label
Portraits of a marriage, Sándor Márai ; translated from the Hungarian by George Szirtes
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
798881
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
371 pages
Isbn
9781400045013
Lccn
2010034251
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781400045013
  • (OCoLC)635461175

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