Embers by Sandor Marai

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Originally published in 1942 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. Over the ensuing hours host and guest will fight a duel of words and silences, accusations and evasions. They will exhume the memory of their friendship and that of the General’s beautiful, long-dead wife. 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


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About Sandor Marai

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Sándor Márai was born in Kassa, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in 1900, and died in San Diego, California, in 1989. He rose to fame as one of the leading literary novelists in Hungary in the 1930s. Profoundly antifascist, he survived the war, but persecution by the Communists drove him from the country in 1948, first to Italy, then to the United States.
 
Published December 16, 2003 by Vintage. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Before Konrad's arrival we learn about the general's childhood as the frail son of an Imperial Guards captain much favored by the emperor and the artistic and musical wife he brought back from Paris to live on his wild Hungarian estate, a place of wolves and hunting.

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Embers Sandor Marai translated by Carol Brown Janeway read by Paul Scofield Running time 6 hours Penguin Audiobooks £12.99 For many years after its publication in 1942, Sandor Marai's work was banned in his native Hungary.

Jun 09 2002 | Read Full Review of Embers

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Henrik and Krisztina marry, and the two keep up a close friendship with Konrad, until one morning, on a hunt, Henrik senses that Konrad is about to fire at him.

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