Fire and Knowledge: Fiction and Essays

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Macmillan, Jul 24, 2007 - Literary Collections - 391 pages
A superb collection of short stories, essays, and literary criticism from the great Hungarian writer

The U.S. publication of A Book of Memories in 1997 introduced to our shores the work of an extraordinary novelist, an artist whom critics easily compared to Robert Musil, James Joyce, and Thomas Mann. Now, in Fire and Knowledge, we discover other aspects of Péter Nádas's major presence in European life and letters: as a trenchant commentator on the events that have transformed his country and all of Europe since 1989, as a stunning literary critic, as a subtle interpreter of language and politics in societies both free and unfree, as a moralist with a discerning eye for the crippling effects of deception and hypocrisy upon us all. In addition, Fire and Knowledge acquaints us more fully with Nádas's evolution as a writer of fiction, for it includes stories dating from the 1960s and 1970s, when he had to write in extremely stringent, even dangerous circumstances, as well as some from more recent years, since the publication of his major novels and the reintegration of Western and Eastern Europe. Here, in full, is a rich and rewarding compilation of works by one of our greatest living writers.
 

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From Budapest-born Nádas (Love, 2000, etc.), a collection of fiction and essays, spanning roughly 40 years. The pieces are arranged neither chronologically nor thematically but instead rather randomly ... Read full review

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In this collection of essays, literary criticism, and fiction, Hungarian author N�das (Love ) gives readers page after page of thought-provoking and deeply insightful intellectual enjoyment as ... Read full review

Contents

The Great Christmas Killing
3
Homecoming
65
Little Alex a story
83
The Lamb a story 207
149
Lady Kldras House a story
166
Melancholy
238
Vivisection a story
262
Family Picture in Purple Dusk a story
276
Work Song
312
Fate and Technique
336
Parasitic Systems
350
The Citizen of the World and the HeGoat
368
Clogged Pain
383
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Péter Nádas, born in Budapest in 1942, began writing in the 1960s and was first published in the 1970s. Author of the novels A Book of Memories (FSG, 1997), The End of a Family Story (FSG, 1998), and Love (FSG, 2000), he lives in Gombosszeg, in western Hungary.

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