"Tranquility is a moving, emotionally complex, subtle, shocking novel..."--"Los Angeles Times"
"Tranquility," the acclaimed third novel by Hungarian Attila Bartis, is simultaneously a private psychodrama and a portrait of the end of the Communist era. Reading it, "we arrive at ourselves, at our own obsessions, in our own silence," writes Ilma Rakusa. A thirty-six-year-old writer struggles to escape his hellish, Oedipal inter dependency with his actress mother as Hungary's Communist infrastructure collapses around him. One of the most psychologically dark and ironic novels to have emerged from contemporary Hungarian literature, it is also, as far as human psychology and political farce are concerned, one of the most illuminating.
Attila Bartis has been hailed by Hungarian readers as a maverick, unorthodox, and highly inventive postmodern writer. "Tranquility "is his first novel to appear in English.
Imre Goldstein has translated dozens of books and plays from the Hungarian. He is currently translating a three-volume novel by Peter Nadas.
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Review: TranquilityUser Review - Alan - Goodreads
again stacks of GRers have read this, so maybe Writers No one Reads are wrong about lack of readership. Sounds bracing: called “one of the bleakest books ever,” ...Bartis' novel is an unforgettable ... Read full review
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Not for the faint hearted, this novel is bound to make an impact in the reader. Another all-time favourite. Read full review