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  • Published: 7 August 1998
  • ISBN: 9780099766315
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 720
  • RRP: $27.99

A Book Of Memories


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This extraordinary magnum opus seems at first to be a confessional autobiographical novel in the grand manner, claiming and extending the lagacy of Proust and Mann. A BOOK OF MEMORIES is made up of three first-person narratives: the first that of a young Hungarian writer and his fated love for a German poet; we also learn of the narrator's adolescence in Budapest, when he experiences the downfall of his once upper-class but now pro-Communist family. A second memoir, alternating with the first, is a novel the narrator is composing about a refined Belle Epoque aesthete, whose anti-bourgeois transgressions seem like emotionally overcharged versions of the narrator's own experiences. A third voice is that of a childhood friend who, after the narrator's return to his homeland, offers an apparently more objective account of their friendship. Together these brilliantly coloured lives are inte-grated in a powerful work of tragic intensity.

  • Pub date: 7 August 1998
  • ISBN: 9780099766315
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 720
  • RRP: $27.99

About the Author

Peter Nádas

Peter Nádas was born in Budapest in 1942. Among his works translated into English are the novels A Book of Memories, The End of a Family Story, and Love; a collection of stories and essays, Fire and Knowledge and two pieces of short fiction, A Lovely Tale of Photography and Peter Nádas: Own Death. He lives with his wife in Gombosszeg, Hungary.

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