Portraits of a Marriage
A rediscovered masterwork from famed Hungarian novelist Sándor Márai, Portraits of a Marriage tracks the lifelong entanglement of a man and two women haunted by class differences and misdirected longings.Peter and Ilonka are a wealthy couple whose outwardly perfect marriage is undone by secrets.... show more
A rediscovered masterwork from famed Hungarian novelist Sándor Márai, Portraits of a Marriage tracks the lifelong entanglement of a man and two women haunted by class differences and misdirected longings.Peter and Ilonka are a wealthy couple whose outwardly perfect marriage is undone by secrets. The insecure Ilonka believes she can never be elegant and refined enough for her husband, while Peter has long been tormented by his forbidden love for Judit, a peasant and servant in his childhood home. What Judit longs for most, however, is freedom from the constraints of the society that has ensnared all three in a vortex of love and loss. Set against the backdrop of Hungary between the wars, in a world on the verge of dramatic change, this exquisite novel offers further posthumous evidence of Marai’s brilliance.Translated from the Hungarian by George Szirtes
Publish date: February 22nd 2011
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, Hungarian Literature
This book is divided in three parts plus an epilogue. I loved part one from the very first line, and although the ending of that part was a bit boring, I quite enjoyed it. The problem was the rest of the book. For me, the rest was tedious, boring and I kept wanting to slap the narrators so they got ...
(http://labirinto-livros.blogspot.pt/2012/09/a-mulher-certa.html)O que fazer quando descobrimos que o nosso marido nunca nos pertenceu totalmente e ao invés se encontra há longos anos apaixonado por outra mulher? O que fazer quando sabemos que o nosso casamento está completamente arruinado mas não t...
Ma la gioia che si prova leggendo perle come "La donna giusta" è un dono che si riceve. Bellissimo libro. Quello che mi ha colpito, al di là della grande capacità narrativa nel descrivere sentimenti come passione, dolore, verità taciute, sono i momenti di riflessione sulla felicità, l'amore, la capa...
reflex - an automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus.Though this is basically a negative review I still believe the novel Portraits of a Marriage is definitely worth reading. And let this be a warning to you that further down the page there will be a spoiler of sorts, but I do not thin...
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