In Praise of Older Women: The Amorous Recollections of Andras Vajda

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The narrator, a European, looks back on his childhood during World War II, and his sexual adventures as a young man

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The latest 1999 printing is the forty-fourth printing of the English-language edition; it is the fourth printing of the University of Chicago Press edition. Translations of the novel went through over a hundred printings.

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"A cool, comic survey of the sexual education of a young Hungarian, from his first encounter, as a twelve-year-old refugee with the American forces, to his unsatisfactory liaison with a reporter's wife in Canada at the belated end of his youth, when he was twenty-three... elegantly erotic, with masses of that indefinable quality, style... this has the real stuff of immortality." -- B. A. Young, Punch

"A pleasure. Vizinczey writes of women beautifully, with sympathy, tact and delight, and he writes about sex with more lucidity and grace than most writers ever acquire." -- Larry McMurtry, Houston Post

"Like James Joyce, who was as far from being a writer of erotica as Dostoevsky, Vizinczey has a refreshing message to deliver: Life is not about sex, sex is about life." -- John Podhoretz, Washington Times

"The gracefully written story of a young man growing up among older women... although some passages may well arouse the reader, this novel brims with what the courts have termed "redeeming literary merit." Clarence Petersen, The Chicago Tribune

"The best summing-up of In Praise of Older Women was given in the London Sunday Citizen: Vizinczey really knows, and Henry Miller and the rest - even D H Lawrence - only thought they did. His knowledge extends to all fields, including the literary one... The novel has a dynamism which is defined by one of its own phrases: Havent you heard of Einsteins law? Pleasure turns into energy." -- Clara Janés, El País (Madrid) This refers to the Spanish edition of the novel

"A funny novel about sex, or rather (which is rarer) a novel which is funny as well as touching about sex... elegant, exact and melodious - has style, presence and individuality." Isabel Quigly, Sunday Telegraph

"Erotic situations, games, frustrations, naive miscalculations, humiliations, joyful and tearful pleasures... Vizinczey never exaggerates, he writes with clear detachment not devoid of irony:his graceful and suggestive style frees us from the anguish that love often brings with it. A little masterpiece in which sex is knowledge and good literature." -- Maria Dols, Ajoblanco (Barcelona)This refers to the Spanish edition of the novel

"An erotic classic of subtle complexity, humour and wit. An invitation to the experience of love, to adventure. But it is also the portrait of someone who is familiar to us from family stories, someone we have all known at some time. And perhaps Vizinczey's great success is owing to this, and to his style, which is so unaffected, so natural and at the same time so perfectly exact." Menene Gras Balaguer, La Vanguardia (Barcelona) This refers to the Spanish edition of the novel

"Full of wisdom and irony, with a shot of heart's blood and a drop of melancholy added. A tribute to women as well as the portrait of an age which has been irrevocably lost. A book that caresses the heart and soul, without becoming sentimental." Bernd Lubowski, Berliner Morgen Post This refers to the German edition of the novel

"The delicious adventures of a young Casanova who appreciates maturity while acquiring it himself. In turn naive, sophisticated, arrogant, disarming, the narrator woos his women and his tale wins the reader." Polly Devlin, Vogue

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