Title: PORTRAITS OF A MARRIAGE - Scarce Pristine ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. 375 pages. Published in 2011. The fourth novel by the author to be translated into English. One of Sandor Marai's greatest achievements. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Sandor Marai's "Az igazi" in a felicitous English translation. An exploration of an age-old theme, the love triangle, with Marai's characteristic twists: "A wealthy couple in bourgeois society, Peter and Ilonka appear to enjoy a fine union. Their home is tastefully decorated; their clothes are well-tailored; they move in important circles. And yet, to hyper-sensitive Ilonka, her choice in decor is never good enough, and her looks are never fair enough to fully win the love of her husband, who has carried with him a secret that has long tormented him: Peter is in love with Judit, a peasant and servant in his childhood home" (Publisher's blurb). The posthumous discovery of the work of Sandor Marai, who published more than 40 books in Hungarian before committing suicide in 1989, is one of the most important literary events of our time: A great but forgotten voice from the 20th century is being heard for the very first time by a whole new generation of readers in an entirely different time. "Validates the nagging suspicion that Sandor Marai (1900-89) is one of the great modern novelists, in the same league as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, with whom he shares many qualities. The delay in acknowledging this comes from the tragic happenstance, at least for English readers, that Marai wrote in Hungarian, a language not widely translated. The confinement of a writer of Marai's talent, at once dramatic and witty, to a language of so few readers seems almost criminal. Of course, Marai wouldn't have felt this way. He was passionately devoted to Hungarian, and he referred to his language as 'his only homeland' " (The Washington Post). An absolute "must-have" title for Sandor Marai collectors. This title is a great book. This is one of few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Sandor Marai's novels have now become collectible in translation. Copies of "Embers", his first novel to be translated into English, command up to $500 online. A scarce copy thus. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER SANDOR MARAI TITLE IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1400045010. Bookseller Inventory # 19754
Synopsis: A rediscovered masterwork from the famed Hungarian novelist Sándor Márai, Portraits of a Marriage is in fact a startling exploration of a triangle of entanglement.
A wealthy couple in bourgeois society, Peter and Ilonka appear to enjoy a fine union. Their home is tastefully decorated; their clothes are well tailored; they move in important circles. And yet, to hypersensitive Ilonka, her choice in décor is never good enough, and her looks are never fair enough to fully win the love of her husband, who has carried with him a secret that has long tormented him: Peter is in love with Judit, a peasant and servant in his childhood home. For Judit, however, even Peter?s affection cannot transcend that which she loves most?the prospect of her own freedom and a future without the constraints of the society that has ensnared all three in a vortex of love and loss.
Set against the backdrop of Hungary between the wars, Portraits of a Marriage offers further ?posthumous evidence of [Márai?s] neglected brilliance? ( Chicago Tribune) and his exquisite, acutely observed evocations of sacrifice and longing.
About the Author: 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.
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