Sunday, January 18, 2009

Last Notes From Home II

I used this post title before, but I've run dry on titles, so here it is again. I feel a bit guilty, yes.

This will probably be the last post for a few weeks -- surgery's Thursday, and the week will be sufficiently busy that I probably won't be home much. So, see you in a bit. (I reserve the right to take time out for a post if breaking news happens, like Tomáš Klouček scoring a goal.)

#6 -- "Embers" by Sandor Marai

This is one of the books off Tibor Fischer's Eastern European reading list, mentioned last year -- I only now realized that the list is from 2003, rather than being something relatively new. My first thought was that this seemed more like a French novel than a Hungarian one, the second that I've read very few French novels and no Hungarian novels, so how would I know?

It's an intense, tightly-wound little book, two old men meeting up after forty years apart for a final reckoning on the incident that ended their friendship. Frequently beautiful and I read the last 2/3 in one sitting, not something I do a lot any more. There's a few more Marai books translated into English and this was good enough to get me to seek out some more.

Be seeing you!

5 comments:

fredoluv said...

Good luck! Kiss a nurse!

lralle said...

Good luck with the surgery. Will look forward to your triumphant return. A quick read for you: Like Eating a Stone - Wojciech Tochman, trans. Antonia Lloyd-Jones. A real upper.

Ice Cream Jonsey said...

Tmas could promise to get you a goal, and make it like how Babe Ruth promised he'd hit a home run for a kid... but maybe we should check if he'll just get some PIMs for you? I think that works best for everyone.

Good luck, bud. You're gonna do great.

Cranky said...

Good luck.

Brushback said...

Yeah, good luck.