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Synopsis: An unforgettable short novel--Ndas's first, from 1977.
It is the 1950s, in Hungary, when Stalinist repression has reduced the populace to silence and deception. An old man, refusing to submit to these implacable realities, flees to his memories of the past, in which he believes he can still find redemption. For his grandson, he invents a fantastic tapestry of stories, a family saga, a fabulous world of myths and legends: he imagines--and recounts--a luxuriant history of a people who, having denied the Messiah, must legitimate their faith and expiate their sins over thousands of years.
That is one family story. Another, more urgent and immediate, is engaging both the storyteller and the boy. The authorities condemn as a traitor the son of one and father of the other, and then they come searching for the boy, who is the narrator of this extraordinary fiction. But the boy has been liberated into sincerity and freedom by his grandfather's stories, and he feels himself empowered to give dark and passionate testimony to the alienation, treason, sexual energies, and complex truth-telling of the adult world that confronts him. Finally he begins to understand how other kinds of family stories will end.
Myth, history, and political realities are beautifully synthesized in this inspired, radiantly beautiful novel from the author of A Book of Memories.
Review: In A Book of Memories, Péter Nádas explored Stalinism and post-Communist Eastern Europe through the eyes of a novelist. The Hungarian author's first novel, The End of a Family Story, also features a storyteller at its heart, but this time it is a young boy's rebellious, irreverent grandfather. "Grandpa used to tell me lots of stories. But not fairy tales, real stories," the unnamed narrator recalls. The grandfather tells about his years in the army during World War II, about his youth ("Shall I tell you the story of the suit?"), and often he draws on the Bible for material, mixing psalms and scripture into tales of fairies and fishermen. Fractured Hungarian history, bizarre genealogies--his stories are marvelous but disturbing.
But these yarns are by no means the only stories at work in Nádas's novel. At its center is the narrator's relationship with his elusive, undemonstrative father, a Stalinist functionary who betrays friends and family, only to be branded a traitor by those he worked for in the end. What makes The End of a Family History so powerful is Nádas's use of the child narrator as a filter for the adult experience of Communist Hungary. People die, people are arrested, people disappear--events that adults may rationalize but that children find simply incomprehensible. Written in chapter-long paragraphs and brimming with fantastical imagery (octopuses that swim through the air; a fish in a bathtub; a secret garden) Nádas's novel is heavily symbolic, psychologically acute, and infinitely compelling. --Margaret Prior
Title: The End of a Family Story
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Publication Date: 1998
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Includes dust jacket.
Edition: 1st Edition
Book Description Farrar Straus Giroux, N . Y., 1998. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Cover Art (illustrator). 1st. X-Library with normal flaws.The hard cover and the jacket has light shelf wear . Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hard Back. Bookseller Inventory # NO 27406
Book Description Farrar Straus Giroux, U.S.A., 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. 1st Edition. Excellent condition. Bookseller Inventory # 000663
Book Description Farrar Straus Giroux, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0374148325
Book Description Farrar Straus Giroux, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Includes dust jacket. First Edition. Dust Jacket is in a removable, clear plastic (Brodart) protector. Minor writing on the bottom edges. Fromer owner's bookplate on the front pastedown. Stated first American edition. Bookseller Inventory # mon0001583048
Book Description Farrar Straus Giroux, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: DJ. First Edition. 0374148325 Publisher: FSG., NYC., 1998. First Edition, First Printing. FINE hardcover book in FINE dust-jacket. PRISTINE. As New. Unread. NOT marked. NOT price-clipped. NOT remainder marked. NOT faded. NOT a book club edition. NOT an ex-library copy. All of our books with dust-jackets are shipped in fresh, archival-safe mylar protective sleeves. Bookseller Inventory # SKU1014120