Embers

by Sándor Márai | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0375707425 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingbookstogivewing of Springville, Tennessee USA on 9/3/2011
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Amazon Editorial Review

Originally published in 1942 and now rediscovered to international acclaim, this taut and exquisitely structured novel by the Hungarian master Sandor Marai conjures the melancholy glamour of a decaying empire and the disillusioned wisdom of its last heirs.

In a secluded woodland castle an old General prepares to receive a rare visitor, a man who was once his closest friend but who he has not seen in forty-one years. Over the ensuing hours host and guest will fight a duel of words and silences, accusations and evasions. They will exhume the memory of their friendship and that of the General’s beautiful, long-dead wife. And they will return to the time the three of them last sat together following a hunt in the nearby forest--a hunt in which no game was taken but during which something was lost forever. Embers is a classic of modern European literature, a work whose poignant evocation of the past also seems like a prophetic glimpse into the moral abyss of the present

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Journal Entry 4 by wingjlautnerwing at San Luis Obispo, California USA on Saturday, July 29, 2017
A curious book about a man bearing a grudge. The General, living in his large lonely castle of a home, receives a visitor he has not seen in 41 years. Konrad, the visitor, and the General used to be close friends. The two and the General's wife would sit together evenings in this same house, and talk.

The conversation leans on the past. The General asks his guest if he remembers the last time they sat together. He asks what he has been doing in all those years, after disappearing suddenly. Konrad answers simply. As the evening wears on, Konrad comes to realize that the General has a specific aim in mind for this meeting. And he has a reason harking back to a hunting expedition, when everything changed.

The conversation is dominated by the General, while Konrad listens, and when Konrad attempts a comment from time to time the General intrudes again, until the end, when there is an answer of sorts.

It's a tantalizing tale illuminating the suspicions, the questions, the deeply-held beliefs of a man suspended in time.

Journal Entry 5 by wingjlautnerwing at San Luis Obispo, California USA on Saturday, January 13, 2018
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