(BOOK ✓ Párhuzamos történetek) author Péter Nádas – ecogenlife.org
For a detailed review of Parallel Stories I ll insist that you read Tod s review here on Goodreads and Scott Esposito s wonderful review and one with which I agree wholeheartedly in th What you get with N das is a candid unrestrained ortrayal of the seedier aspects of life His depictions are not glamorous He is obsessed with bodily functions and with the mechanics of sex The fluids the friction and all the nasty odours and secretions are described in sensory detail He has a The Best Of Saint Louis particularenchant for describing the attributes of the foreskin its The Brother-Offended Checklist presentosition as being either relaxed or ainfully retracted behind the bulb its state of cleanliness its odour the colour and composition of the substances that inhabit it or emanate from its vicinity his characters reoccupation with the above and its effect on their cognitive and emotional state If you have ever wondered about such things this is the book for youThough the writing can be uncomfortably descriptive the unabashed honesty with which he wr I m setting this one aside for now Gave it 150 Detour (Something in Common, pages but I see no reason to continue on for another thousand It s an utterly bleak humorless 19th century style Realist novel told in fairly conventionalrose yes the book s chronology is fragmented and scattered but really that s not articularly inventive or difficult you write 6 small novels and shuffle the chapters like a deck of cards not that Nadas can t write there are some startling descriptions here nicely made images but when the book is not focused on the disgusting aspects of the human body its filth its excretions its ain its antagonism and betrayal of life it takes to describing rather uninteresting buildings and characters in minute detail And then to break that up there is violence or disgust inserted everywhere This may very well be a masterpiece as other goodreaders whose taste I respect and whose recommendations I take seriously declare But this is not for me not right now I do hope that if the history of Hungary in the 20th century is to be told in novelistic form it does not have to be entirely sunk in descriptions of Bear Creek Road pain and shitting Doesn t Hungary deserve better than that Again I only read 11% of a very long novel so do not take my word for it Here are a fewositive reviews from good Good Authority Good Authority people 4520 Just completed my fourth full reading in less than a decade I suppose I m than a little obsessed with this book and in fact think it s the greatest work of literature ever composed Next time I will read in the original MagyarI m firmly convinced Mr Nadas is the greatest living novelist in the western world This book is like really intense I first read it when it came out in 11 and then stopped reading novels for the next year or so Everything else seemed sort of inadeuate Petty insignificant Peace time Relativerosperity and comfort A cultured woman has to run to the toilet with a bad case of diarrhea all the while trying to keep up bourgeois appearances the discomfort in her body brings her back to that time she was riding in a cattle car to Treblinka and everyone lost control of their bowels Scenes like this happen over and over for than 1000 Carneycopia pages There are dozens and dozens of characters and every single on. In 1989 the year the Wall came down a university student in Berlin on his morning run finds a corpse on aark bench and alerts the authorities This scene opens a novel of extraordinary scope and depth a masterwork that traces the fate of myriad Europeans Hungarians Jews Germans Gypsies across the treacherous years of the mid twentieth centuryThree unusual men are at the heart of Parallel Stories Hans von Wolkenstein whose German mother is linked to secrets of fascist Nazi collaboration during the 1940s; Ágost Lippay Lehr whose influential father has served Hungary’s different olitical regimes for.
E of them has to fart scratch his ball leak menstrual fluid or some such variation Then as often as not something really terrible happens Trauma is held in the body that s where history takes lace This might not sound all that appealing to a lot of readers And indeed back in 11 a lot of the reviews were not favorable I articularly remember one in the UK Guardian where the critic just seemed PISSED at having to endure this To some degree I guess I can sympathize I mean if you were assigned to read it for your job if you d been compelled I can see that it might not be much fun I d recommend first trying A Book of Memories Nadas s earlier novel It s about 30% shorter and far tender romantic even The narrator is constantly trying to escape history looking for refuge in the warmth of others bodies and occasionally finding it In Parallel Stories this doesn t ever seem to be a real ossibility History is inescapable and we re all of us trapped in our own bodies A totally uncompromising vision of evil not like anything else in literature Surely Nadas towers far above all contemporaries A teenage boy contemplating suicide soon after having had his first sexual experience with men a lot of men it so happensHe was taking with him the taste and smell of strange men s lips gums teeth saliva and cocks her cherished this as he did his own imminent death for which he had to take only a few Beard Necessities (Winston Brothers, possiblyainful steps He will take everything with him Alfie Outdoors pp 626 Even than Jean Geneterhaps N das is the ultimate writer of trans historic faggotry No one will ever write better or accurate scenes of gay cruising than the ones found in this book This makes it all the remarkable that he s able to create such compelling fully embodied woman characterspossibly I m exaggerating the bleakness a little a whole long section almost resembles a nouvelle vague film oh Krist f my north star am I getting too old to still romanticize walking away61816 actually already 619 here in les Cer Third reading I remain in awe The Agile Team Handbook, 2nd Edition perplexed shaken N das is my favorite writer I think Parallel Stories and Book of Memories are eually great but BoM is definitely easier to love I d say I have of a tumultuous relationship with PS Stuck in my craw I couldn t give it up if I wanted to As the doctor in Nightwood says of Nora and Robin though they may sleep in separate graves one dog will unbury them bothSilence is what awakens him In a book of around half a million words the author finally has to bow before the unspeakable A novel this violent and sexually explicit yet in the end it simply can t be represented or described Theoint at which arallel line meet is infinity Simone Weil Gravity and GraceN das appears to be no Euclidean These stories do not follow the civilized rules of classical geometry And the modern Enlightenment fares little better in these ages The meaning of so many things in this world is simply incomprehensible and very little can be comprehended with the help of knowledge Howard Stern Comes Again pp 284Encyclopedic in scope not for nothing has it been compared to War Peace The reader might also be reminded of Underworld or 2666 At the same time for all the different scenes and characters the booksossesses an intensely focused relentless. Decades; and András Rott who has his own dark record of mysterious activities abroad The web of extended and interconnected dramas reaches from 1989 back to the spring of 1939 when Europe trembled on the edge of war and extends to the bestial times of 1944–45 when Budapest was besieged the Final Solution devastated Hungary’s Jews and the war came to an end and on to the cataclysmic Hungarian Revolution of October 1956 We follow these men from Berlin and Moscow to Switzerland and Holland from the Mediterranean to the North Sea and of course from village to city in Hungary The social and olitical.
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Uality N das is happy to make use of all his research and erudition but that s not the oint Over and over he Cant Fake This pursues darkness obscurity unknowing My first experiment with absurdly long novels ends in abject failure I crawl away into a corner mumbling and drooling Okay you have to say that the central of Europe in the 20th Century was no cakewalk in theark on a lovely spring day with friendly Writing Myths poodles and ickle girls ininafore dresses turning handsprings and bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover tweeting oh what a beautiful morning Corrupt aristocracies were replaced by fascism which was replaced by Stalinism So we get miseryfests like The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell 984 ages Krzysztof Kieslowski s ten hour Dekalog and this 1100 age beast of which I could not even manage 120 Paying Daddys Debt pages Other GR reviewers sound ominous notes in their excellent and recommended reviews Christopher Plot is not a reason to read this book What N das does best is to draw out moments to an extreme degree A few seconds inside the mind of a character may take up the space of five large and denseages Inversely the few spare action seuences Stripes of Gehenna pass in a flurry of words and the reader may miss them if she blinksJosh I m 500ages into it and so far with the slew of characters that may or may not be related and time shifts dream seuences and flashbacks I am utterly lostUh ohThere were reasons why I was groaning along with many of the characters who also groan for their own Cheerleader For Hire private reasons1 I got an apartment block with a concierge and I began to get introduced at glacially slowace to each character And not interestingly It was exposition exposition exposition Tell don t show Man alive this big house with many rooms device is so overused eg London Belongs to Me Life A User s Guide and hell yes Gormenghast You can think of many examples yourself 2 I got a headache from the awkward cackhanded translation and its hackneyed Time Slips phrases The attack laid her lowage 56He was shooting the breeze with his friends The Complete Baby and Toddler Cookbook p59She had an aversion to unpleasant scenes61And the stilted use of the impersonal Stormy Waters (Dar and Kerry, pronoun one as in one had to be careful otherwise one could bump one s head on the low ceiling The last time English writers used one like that was Agatha Christie in 1852 but this is a translation so I dunno 3 One also gets awful sentences like Neither her body nor her soul had any appropriate sense organs with which to comprehend what she was failing to comprehend with her mindUgh That s horrible It just lies on theage and writhes Somebody Passage of the Republic put it out of its misery with a spade 4 There are no uotation marks for dialogue Even bloody James Joyce used a dash but for Peter Nadas that would be frivolous This makes a stodgy book even of an effort I understand that later it shifts from third to firsterson narration on a whim inside a A Patriots History of the United States paragraph but I did not get far enough to find that out All this shite makes this book very literaryOther reviewers liked this monster a lot so don t take my word for it but I believe some of them were suffering from literary Stockholm Syndrome which is where very long books are wildly overpraised because the reader has become convinced that the terrorists have a valid case Lawks a mercy. Circumstances of their lives may vary greatly their sexual and spiritual longings may seem to each of them entirely uniue yet Péter Nádas’s magnificent tapestry unveils uncanny reverberatingarallels that link them across time and spaceThis is Péter Nádas’s masterpiece eighteen years in the writing a sensation in Hungary even before it was ublished and almost four years in the translating Parallel Stories is the first foreign translation of this daring demanding and momentous novel and it confirms for an even larger audience what Hungary already knows that it is the author’s greatest work.
Hungarian novelist essayist and dramatist a major central European literary figure Nádas made his international breakthrough with the monumental novel A Book of Memories 1986 a psychological novel following the tradition of Proust Thomas Mann and magic realism Péter Nádas was born in Budapest as the son of a high ranking party functionary Nádas's grandfather Moritz Grünfeld changed h