A collection of three tales captures the struggles and triumphs of people living with the horrific memories of Europe's recent past and the artistic repression they faced. Reprint.
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A Book of Memories is a novel within a novel. The outer shell of Hungarian author Peter Nadas's ambitious tale concerns a nameless Hungarian writer and his ménage à trois with an aging actress and a younger man in East Germany. While the contemporary writer's own story unfolds, he is busily at work on an historical novel about a German novelist named Thomas Thoenissen. As if a novel about a novelist writing about a novelist wasn't confusing enough, the two fictional writers have a great deal in common, including an unnatural affection for their mothers and a predilection for bisexual triangles. Throw into this already heady brew a great deal of Eastern European cold-war politics, and it becomes obvious that A Book of Memories requires a serious commitment from the reader.
Moving in time between the old Stalinist era and post-communist Eastern Europe, Peter Nadas convincingly conveys the effects of communism, both as it happened and as it collapsed. In his unnamed narrator he creates a perfect conduit between two times; the narrator grew up in a privileged communist family, the son of the state prosecutor in a Stalinist regime. In chronicling the boy's passage from child to man, Nadas paints a vivid portrait of the secrecy, fear, and tension in a society in which the personal and the political are often one and the same.About the Author:
Péter Nádas 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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Book Description Penguin Books, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1998. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. No Jacket. Drawings (illustrator). Reprint Edition. N/none, pb, 275 pp. Illustrated stiff paper wraps with white and black colored text on upper and spine; no chips or tears; not spine creased. Interior pages clean, unmarked. Binding is straight and tight. Bookseller Inventory # 015478
Book Description Penguin Books, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110140275673
Book Description Penguin Books, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Penguin. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140275673