(PDF DOWNLOAD) [Szerelem a palackban] ï Antal Szerb

Szerelem a palackbanLiness and isolation its heroine is young beautiful and as solitary as a river by night Next we have The White Magus a tragic story set in the time of Byzantine Empire All across Byzantium children are dying from a strange nfathomable illness The only ray of hope comes from the beautiful Princess Zo whose kindness compassion and magical touch provide a brief respite from the suffering As a conseuence she spends her time visiting the sick children of the land comforting them and helping out wherever possibleZo was indefatigable loyally accompanying every grieving mother on these last journeys But not one of those distraught parents knew the depth of pain that she did With every child that went to the grave part of her own life was being buried It was not just the mothers tears that burnt into her heart It was also the nameless mysterious grief that had claimed the children and her earnest desire to nderstand the fatal secret in their eyes as they slowly faded into death pg 51When Zo succumbs to the same illness the elders of the land set off for the Carpathian Mountains to consult the great oracle the White Magus Rumour has it that the Magus knows all the deepest secrets of life itself so it is hoped that he will be able to cure the princess Without wishing to give too much away the Magus can see a possible course of action wishing to give too much away the Magus can see a possible course of action it is one that will come at a priceThe third of the early stories The Tyrant features the powerful Duke Galeazzo of Milan a ruler who confines himself to his tower of solitude never setting foot in the city he presides over with such shrewdness Despite taking an interest in his prot g a young boy named Lytto the Duke has tried to banish all feelings of love from his heart This is a story which explores the theme of isolation and the struggle to control one s inner feelings when that state is disruptedTo read the rest of my review please click here This collection of writings demonstrates perfectly the development of of writings demonstrates perfectly the development of techniues the author didn t seem to believe it could be extracted and studied as such ie metafiction could only be properly dealt with fictionally meddling in co This is a book of short stories by the Hungarian author Antal Szerb who died in 1945 at a relatively young age mid forties in a Nazi concentration camp in Hungary It is a translation of Szerelem a Palackban originally published in 1963 and with this edition including a couple It is a translation of Szerelem a Palackban originally published in 1963 and with this edition including a couple additional storiesThe book is divided into the two parts and styles of the two are very different The first part consists of three stories written in the 1920s These three stories had a traditional European fairy tale ality to them Ajandok s Betrothel is about a young girl who with the help of a her grandmother. Al times and in the London and Paris of the twenties and thirties reflects his love of life and the irrepressible irony that is his trademarkPushkin Collection editions feature a spare elegant series style and superior durable components The Collection is typeset in Monotype Baskervil. Beautiful little stories written in a very poetic way Szerb knows how to tell a story both dreamlike and painfully realistic and poetic way Szerb knows how to tell a story both dreamlike and painfully realistic and has an especially tender and old fashioned way when he talks about women Not everyone will love this but I once again fashioned way when he talks about women Not everyone will love this but I once again in love with his niue writing style and there were many sentences that made me smile or laugh or that resonated with the hidden Romantic inside me In my opinion this is an immensely beautiful book and it is now one of my favourites Lovely little collection of short stories not as polished as Journey by Moonlight but still excellent Not happy reading of course Like all collections of short stories Love in a bottle is a mixed bag of themes with the ality ranging from good to superb The Duke and The tyrant represent the darker and intricate sides to Szerb s work while stories like the eponymous love in a bottle and a dog called Madelon are laugh out loud funnyThe White Magus is a very Szerbian blend of mythology with a modern humanist touch The White Magus incidentally contains possibly the most lyrically beautiful line ever committed to paper when you read it you will know what i meanAll in all Love in a bottle is a fine snap shot of the life work and personality of Antal Szerb Born in Budapest in 1901 Antal Szerb was one of the leading figures in 20th century Hungarian literature Although his family was Jewish he was baptised at a young age and remained a Catholic for life A prolific essayist reviewer and writer of fiction Szerb is perhaps best known for his wonderful novel Journey by Moonlight published in 1937 I read it pre blog but there are links here to recent reviews by Emma and Max During the 1940s Szerb faced increasing hostility and persecution due to his Jewish descent culminating in his incarceration and murder in a concentration camp in 1945 He was 43 years old when he diedAlongside the essays and novels Szerb also wrote a number of short stories and novellas Love in a Bottle brings together a selection of these short pieces which span the breadth of this author s career from his student years in the early 1920s to the time shortly before his death in the mid 1940sThe book is divided into two parts the first of which contains three early stories written between 1922 and 1923 These pieces draw heavily on the traditions of myths and fairy tales In Aj ndok s Betrothal a young girl Aj ndok longs for a suitor of her own especially once her sister becomes engaged to a man from their village When a mysterious wanderer named M t arrives during the festivities on St John s Night young Aj ndok is convinced he is destined to be her future husband Like the other pieces in this section this story is shot through with a noticeable sense of lone. Hungarian Antal Szerb is best known in the West as the author of three extraordinary novels most notably Journey by Moonlight 1937 and a highly entertaining study of the Ancient Regime in France The een's Necklace 1942 This selection of his stories and novellas set variously in mythic. S magical powers falls in love with a bird man a wanderer through place and over time who has a cruel task to fulfill The White Magus is an over the top tale of a beautiful princess with a pure heart and The Tyrant is about a Duke an old man who doesn t love anyone and the young boy who loves him The second part came later in the 1930s and with the final story written in 1943 These seemed almost experimental in the varying styles some very funny but a few were a little boring They are definitely written in modern settings and could easily have taken place now rather than eighty years ago The stories are shorter than the stories in the first part and were numerous The main characters are mostly male mostly young and are actively trying to lure young girls into bed The exception being the title story of the book Love in a Bottle which is about Sir Lancelot and a magician who tries to save him from the misery of loveI really liked this book for the most part only finding a couple stories not particularly interesting This volume brings together the shorter fiction of Antal Szerb who is best known as the writer of Journey by Moonlight and also the comic novels The Pendragon Legend and Oliver VII The stories here showcase the full range of his talents It is arranged chronologically starting with a couple of folk here showcase the full range of his talents It is arranged chronologically starting with a couple of folk the first of which is the only one set in Szerb s native Hungary but most of the rest are influenced by the time he spent in the great libraries of Paris and London and mix esoteric learning a broad range of interests plenty of humour and romantic frustration a common theme is the scholar who is too devoted to spend time with women A very enjoyable collection Mostly Antal Szerb will have his writing compared to Journey by Moonlight that being his most complete modern styled novel This set of short stories is in many ways even better Out of 9 of them I only found 2 to be a bit of a jumble which the remainder well they highlight Antals very humorous and ironic style beautifully Reading Szerb is like having a chat with a really warm ncle wise in love and adventure always with a funny tale but with the end of the rainbow always eluding him review coming Love in a Bottle collects a number of shorter stories that Antal Szerb wrote in the course of his short life The voice of the author his charm and whimsy and love of literature and culture is evident and whimsy and love of literature and culture is evident even if the final impression nderstandably is less than that of his three great novels Oliver VII Pendragon Legend and Journey by Moonlight are wonderful works of literature by any standard while the small volume at hand offers the reader smitten by Szerb s pen a nice way to spend a few hours roaming within the world of the author. Le litho printed on Munken Premium White Paper and notch bound by the independently owned printer TJ International in Padstow The covers with French flaps are printed on Colorplan Pristine White Paper Both paper and cover board are acid free and Forest Stewardship Council FSC certified.