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A Book of Memories: A Novel Paperback – July 22, 2008
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Moving in time between the old Stalinist era and post-communist Eastern Europe, Peter Nadas convincingly conveys the effects of communism, both as it happened and as it collapsed. In his unnamed narrator he creates a perfect conduit between two times; the narrator grew up in a privileged communist family, the son of the state prosecutor in a Stalinist regime. In chronicling the boy's passage from child to man, Nadas paints a vivid portrait of the secrecy, fear, and tension in a society in which the personal and the political are often one and the same. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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The book also suffers from overly clever and elliptical story-telling, weaving together two distinct plots (which are confusingly both told in the first person, by very similar narrators), without clear indications of when it switches from one to the other. Nadas also adopts a faulkneresque non-linear narrative style, jumping around in time, which further confuses the issue. A few more concessions to readability would have benefitted the book enormously, in my opinion.
A last comment is that the book's central, climactic events hinge around the Hungarian revolution in 1950, but it assumes the reader already knows all the events of that period. If you don't know the timeline of events and the internal politics of Hungary during this turmoil, you would do well to brush up on it before reading Nadas's work.
"...If a masterpiece is a book that makes us wonder how we could have claimed to understand our own existence before we read it, then Peter Nadas's book is unquestionably a masterpiece."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There is nothing complicated about this book's structure. You must ignore that anyway and just revel in the sheer mastery of the delineation of emotion and emotional interactions... Read morePublished 1 month ago by JTR
Make no mistake: this book is a difficult read. It took me 6 months! I wrote out charts of names and got lost in his pages and pages of "sentences" with no periods--only... Read morePublished 5 months ago by T. Ford
If you enjoyed the flow, pace, construction and ease of Joyce's Ulysses, I think you'll equally enjoy A Book of Memories.Published on June 22, 2014 by originalvagabond
If you enjoyed Proust or Musil you will gravitate to Nadas' great novel. Belongs on any short list of the best of 20th century Europe.Published on May 11, 2013 by Thomas E. Lloyd
Absolutely incredible, one of the best novels I have read in a decade, easily one of the top twenty novels of the past century - shades of Musil and McElroy with a hefty dose of... Read morePublished on July 10, 2012 by Lord Malinov
Monumental work that stands comparison with Proust; It tells of all thr changes in post war Hungary and also paints an almost psychological portrait of an artist"s coming to grips... Read morePublished on October 23, 2011 by Clay Coury
I have a deep personal connection with this book. It was first published in Hungarian the year of my birth (also the year of Jean Genet's death). Read morePublished on March 26, 2011 by D. Moulton
If you like the work of Joseph Roth, Gregor von Rezzori, Proust or Stefan Zweig, I can't imagine you won't find astonishment and deep pleasure in this book.Published on July 11, 2008 by Craig Lucas
I know that its difficult to read this long novel, but if you read it once, you'll never forget it! This book of Nádas Péter is one of the greatest Hungarian and... Read morePublished on October 29, 2002 by Deziré