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Utas és holdvilág

Utas és holdvilág Read À 107 A major classic of 1930s literature Antal Szerb's Journey by Moonlight Utas és Holdvilág is the fantastically moving and darkly funny story of a bourgeois businessman torn between duty and desire'On the train everything seemed fine The trouble began in Venice 'Mihály has dreamt of Italy all his life When he finally travels there on his honeymoon with wife Erszi he soon abandon her in order to find himself haunted by old friends from his turbulent teenage days beau. The basic theme is an adult man he s 36 in love with nostalgia for his youth He was of a lower class background but hung out with a group of four or five friends in a wealthy neighborhood of Budapest Castle Hill The time is between World Wars They spend all their time play acting years to the point where that became the whole purpose of their lives Those friends drinking and smoking with no adult supervision became so dedicated to each other they became their own family Even as adults they are still seeking each other out and carrying the burden of those they lost such as one who committed suicide The play acting leads him to believe that dying is an erotic act and that death is the great ecstasy I m reminded of another Hungarian author s novel Sandor Marai s The Rebels which would have been written about the same time in Budapest and where I thought the play acting and dressing out of the four boys in that story was simply over the top but perhaps that was a fad at the time in Budapest Marai s was published in 1930 Szerb s in 1937 He s on his honeymoon but he basically has what we might call a nervous breakdown He leaves his wife and wanders the countryside He meets several of these old friends some of whom are searching for himOne man from the old group has become a celebrated monk in the monastery at Gubbio Another seeks the main character out He s kind of a hustler and gets involved with the main character s abandoned wife and he is in contact with his family trying to find him back in Budapest and maybe get some money out of the deal The woman of the group and the main character may not realize it but perhaps he has always been in love with her lives in Italy but hides from him and refuses to see him He gets involved with a young America woman He had won her complete confidence By evening he had gleaned everything there was to know about her not that there was anything worth knowing I know what s wrong with me he told the doctor Acute nostalgia I want to be young again Is there a cure for that The people the vegetative sea of the Italian masses bore the changing times on their back with astonishing passivity and lived uite unconnected with their own remarkable history He suspected that even Republican and Imperial Rome with its huge gestures its heroics and bestial stupidities had been nothing than a virile drama on the surface the whole Roman Empire the mere private affair of a few brilliant actors while down below the Italians placidly ate their pasta sang songs of love and begat their countless offspring I enjoyed the travelogue part too where he describes each town he visited On the map I ve included these towns which were mainly in Umbria north of Rome south of Tuscany Ravenna Arezzo Siena Cortona Perugia Gubbio Assissi Spello Foligno Spoleto and Norcia This Hungarian author wrote about a dozen novels He was born to secular Jewish parents and raised as a Catholic but that did not save him from death in the concentration camps A terrible loss to literature This was a good read I ll call it a 45 rounded up to 5 Note that this book has a very high rating on GR 43 Castle Hill Budapest from ipinimgcomoriginalsMap of Umbria from ipinimgcomoriginalsHugarian stamp honoring the author from colnectcomenstamps

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Utas és holdvilág Read À 107 Ous adventure Journey by Moonlight Utas és Holdvilág is an undoubted masterpiece of Modernist literature a darkly comic novel cut through by sex and death which traces the effects of a socially and sexually claustrophobic world on the life of one manTranslated from the Hungarian by the renowned and award winning Len Rix Antal Szerb's Journey by Moonlight first published as Utas és Holdvilág in Hungary in 1937 is the consummate European novel of the inter war peri. Over the last few years I ve had a lot of pleasure and satisfaction from books set in and around Eastern Europe I was inspired to seek interesting Eastern European books and so it was that I came across Journey by MoonlightAt the time of writing the most liked review of Journey by Moonlight on GoodReads and the third most liked review were from readers who were unable to finish this book That concerned me I do not generally have much patience with difficult books I adore beautiful atmospheric writing but not at the expense of clarity When I noticed the phrase modernist masterpiece in amongst some praise for the book I was even apprehensive So I am pleased and relieved to report that Journey by Moonlight is both easy to read and enjoyable and this English translation by Len Rix from the original Hungarian is beautifulJourney by Moonlight is concerned with that hoary old chestnut life what s it all about The uestion is explored through the central character Mih ly a dreamy distracted person who has drifted into the family business and a life of compromised bourgeois tedium and respectability and which is at odds with his bohemian past Whilst on his honeymoon Mih ly has a crisis which sees him looking back on his past and considering the best way to live his lifeJourney by Moonlight is a wonderfully subtle surprising and original book Whilst I have some sympathy with those readers who might have got exasperated with it I can assure you that perseverance pays rich dividends Beautifully written unpredictable playful intelligent and uietly profound and it got progressively interesting and beguiling By around the halfway point I was captivated and each time I put it down I couldn t wait to pick it back up againSo who was Antal Szerb According to Pushkin Press who published this English edition of this book in 2001 Antal Szerb 1901 1945 was a writer scholar critic and translator born to Jewish parents but baptised Catholic Multilingual he lived in Hungary France Italy and England and after graduating in German and English he rapidly established himself as a prolific scholar publishing books on drama and poetry studies of Ibsen and Blake and histories of English and Hungarian literature At the age of 39 Szerb wrote an authoritative History of World Literature He wrote his first novel The Pendragon Legend in 1934 followed by Journey by Moonlight in 1937 and The ueen s Necklace in 1943 These and a collection of his short stories Love in a Bottle are also published in English by Pushkin Press Szerb was killed in a concentration camp in January 1945At the end of the Pushkin Press edition in Len Rix s translator s note he mentions that this is the book that all Hungarians read as students which reinforces one of my burgeoning beliefs Hungarians have got great taste55 For example Seven Terrors by Selvedin Avdi The Trigger Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War by Tim Butcher Beware of Pity by Stefan Zweig Dostoevsky Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Between the Woods and the Water A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor I recommend them all

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Utas és holdvilág Read À 107 Tiful kind Tamas brash and wicked Janos and the sexless yet unforgettable Eva Journeying from Venice to Ravenna Florence and Rome Mihály loses himself in Venetian back alleys and in the Tuscan and Umbrian countryside driven by an irresistible desire to resurrect his lost youth among Hungary's Bright Young Things and knowing that he must soon decide whether to return to the ambiguous promise of a placid adult life or allow himself to be seduced into a life of scandal. The odds that I will finish this book are according to most statisticians negligible so I should just dispense with the charade and chuck this bitch on the discard pile It s currently on the far side of my bedside table where it continues to collect a thin layer of what I would call picturesue dust I look at it before I go to sleep every night but only out of the corner of my eyes because it silently accuses me of failure and as the days go by its silence grows louder and louder and prosecutorial I really should stop thinking of book finishing as a moral issue This isn t an abandoned lover or friend or a shirked duty I owe absolutely nothing to Antal Szerb or to his book Journey by Moonlight which so far as I can remember appears to be about ennui of the distinctly midcentury European variety Those of you who ve endured Antonioni s Italian travelogue L Avventura know exactly what I m talking about here Those of you who haven t well picture some inscrutable Hungarian dude going on a honeymoon in Italy and then accidentally intentionally taking the wrong train and abandoning his wife I say abandoning because when he realizes his mistake he doesn t attempt to meet up with her again He s a pretty flat and boring guy and we have no real sense of why he s doing what he s doing Just blame it on good old fashioned bourgeois indolence I suppose But why do novels and movies about indolence have to be so indolent themselves Anyway I feel extra guilty for giving this book heave ho because Antal Szerb is a Jew who died in a concentration camp I realize this fate has nothing whatsoever to do with his abilities as a writer of fiction but books by Jews who die in concentration camps should be good books or better than this book This is exactly the kind of decadent art that had Hitler cowering behind his landscape paintings and his collection of Greek nudes Is it just me or are the modernists looking worn to the nubbin as time goes on All these people in chinos and espadrilles wandering purposelessly across pastoral landscapes bothered by some vague indefinable something which is all very fine and good if the book gives me an entryway into the individual s crisis for lack of a better word and not a droning nothingness But don t take my word for it I m a uitter Maybe this book kicks into gear somewhere beyond the one third marker which is where my drug store receipt bookmark is and will remain I consider myself duped by this looker of a book cover Look at that photograph of the horse on the bridge in Venice It suggests a certain greatness to simple minds In other words marketing is the last great art

  • Paperback
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  • Utas és holdvilág
  • Antal Szerb
  • English
  • 09 July 2018
  • 9781901285505

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    Read & download Utas és holdvilág (FREE) [Utas és holdvilág] author Antal Szerb Antal Szerb ↠ 7 Read & download One would like to think that after a recent marriage the happy couple would set their sights on radiant and flourishing years spent in each others harmonious company swanning off on a honeymoon filled with memor

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    (FREE) [Utas és holdvilág] author Antal Szerb First of all let me tell you as a Hungarian who read the novel both in Hungarian and in English that the translation is simply brilliant Len Rix did full credit to the original text and Antal Szerb's genius So praising the translation to the skies was the easy part The hard part is why I love this book so muchThere are people who like entertaining the idea that they are simply not of this world The main character Mihály certainly likes to

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    (FREE) [Utas és holdvilág] author Antal Szerb The odds that I will finish this book are according to most statisticians negligible so I should just dispense with the charade and chuck this bitch on the discard pile It's currently on the far side of my bedside table where it continues to collect a thin layer of what I would call picturesue dust I look at it before I

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    (FREE) [Utas és holdvilág] author Antal Szerb This is the sort of book I loveone that you come across somewhere in this case a castle library in Italy and feel sure that it was hiding there all this time waiting for you to find it The author is Hungarian and the novel was originally published in 1937; its English translation appeared in 2000 'Journey by Moonlight' is unlike any novel I've read the atmosphere is both dreamy descriptive rich in history and

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    (FREE) [Utas és holdvilág] author Antal Szerb Summary à eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ↠ Antal Szerb Over the last few years I’ve had a lot of pleasure and satisfaction from books set in and around Eastern Europe I was inspired to seek interesting Eastern European books and so it was that I came across Journey by MoonlightAt the time of writing the most liked review of Journey by Moonlight on GoodReads and the third most liked review wer

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    (FREE) [Utas és holdvilág] author Antal Szerb Self DiscoveryI'm not sure how well I can review this; it was the right book at the wrong time—though the fact that it was able to sustain my interest for over a week when I could only manage a few pages a day speaks well for it But how much better if I could have given it the space it needswhile at the same time reading uickly

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