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Embers (novel)

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Translator  Carol Brown Janeway
Language  Hungarian
Publication date  1942
Author  Sándor Márai
Published in english  2000
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Country  Hungary
Publisher  Révai
Originally published  1942
Page count  210
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Original title  A gyertyák csonkig égnek
Similar  Sándor Márai books, Other books

Embers is a 1942 novel by the Hungarian writer Sándor Márai. Its original Hungarian title is A gyertyák csonkig égnek, which means "Candles burn until the end". The narrative revolves around an elderly general who invites an old friend from military school for dinner; the friend had disappeared mysteriously for 41 years, and the dinner begins to resemble a trial where the friend is prosecuted for his character traits. The book was published in English in 2000.

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Reception

Anna Shapiro reviewed the book for The Observer in 2002, and wrote: "Elegiac, sombre, musical, and gripping, Embers is a brilliant disquisition on friendship, one of the most ambitious in literature." Shapiro continued: "About a milieu and values that were already dying before the outbreak of World War II, it has the grandeur and sharpness of Jean Renoir's 1937 movie masterpiece La Grande Illusion, with which it shares, in both oblique and pronounced ways, some of its substance."

Stage Play

In 2006, Embers was adapted into a stage play by Christopher Hampton, starring Jeremy Irons and Patrick Malahide.

References

Embers (novel) Wikipedia


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