By Sándor Márai
The rediscovery of a masterpiece of primary eu literature initially released in Budapest in 1942 and un-
known to trendy readers till final yr. a unprecedented novel a couple of triangular dating, approximately love, friendship, and constancy, approximately betrayal, satisfaction, and actual the Aristocracy.
In a fortress on the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, an previous aristocrat waits to greet the pal he has no longer noticeable for 41 years. during this one evening, from dinner till sunrise, the 2 males will struggle a duel of phrases and silences, of news, of accusations and evasions, that would surround their whole lives and that of a 3rd individual, lacking from the candlelit eating hall—the now useless chatelaine of the citadel. The final time the 3 of them sat jointly used to be during this room, after a stag hunt within the wooded area. The 12 months was once 1900. No online game used to be shot that day, however the reverberations have been cataclysmic. And the time of reckoning has ultimately arrived.
Already an outstanding overseas best-seller, Embers is an impressive addition to international literature within the English language.
Note: Translated by way of Carol Brown Janeway.
Originally released as A gyertyák csonkig égnek in Budapest, Hungary, in 1942. Reprinted via Helikon Kiado, Budapest, in 1990.
This version translated from the German-language paintings Die Glut, released by means of Piper Verlag GmbH, Munich, in 1999.
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It was before dinner, they were in the main reception room, the Officer of the Guards and his son were sitting in a corner listening politely, the way patient and well-intentioned people do, with an attitude of “Life is made up of duties. Music is one of them. ” They were performing Chopin’s Polonaise-Fantaisie and Henrik’s mother was playing with such passion that the whole room seemed to shimmer and vibrate. As they waited patiently and politely in their corner for the piece finally to end, both father and son had the sensation that some metamorphosis was taking place in Henrik’s mother and in Konrad.
The child looked after the tall lady who was almost running down the allée of the great park as if she were fleeing something. “She looks like Mama,” said the child, thinking of the portrait that hung in his father’s study over the table. qxd 5/18/01 11:06 Page 35 “One may not say such things,” replied the chaplain reproachfully. From morning until night, they learned what may and may not be said. The academy with its four hundred pupils was like an infernal machine whose silence presages the explosion to come.
Qxd 5/18/01 11:06 Page 56 in the moonlight, looking as if it had been filled in with a stick of white chalk between the dark outlines of things. Everything was peaceful. Vienna was sound asleep under the falling snow. The Emperor was asleep in the Hofburg and fifty million of his subjects were asleep in his lands. The son of the Officer of the Guards felt that this silence was also in part his responsibility, that he, too, was keeping watch over the sleep and safety of the Emperor and his fifty million subjects, even when he was doing no more than wearing his uniform with honor, going out in the evening, listening to waltzes, drinking French red wine, and saying to ladies and gentlemen exactly what they wished to hear from him.