Tranquility, the acclaimed third novel by Hungarian Attila Bartis, is simultaneously a private psychodrama and a portrait of the end of the Communist era. Nyugalom Poster. In a large apartment in Hungary during the death throes of Writers: Róbert Alföldi (screenplay), Attila Bartis (novel) | 2 more credits».

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And I was a pervert. I admired the honesty, but its grip on me loosened and in the end I felt he could have knocked off a hundred pages and it would have been sharper, scenes lost their power through repetition: People unwilling to read about intense sexual situations should probably avoid this book, as there are interactions with prostitutes, lovers and the narrator’s mother that can become quite graphic at times.

If you dream of Jakov Lind peering into your crib, licking his lips and only making the laziest effort to suppress his lustful cackling you’re going to find yourself in a similarly vulnerable position reading Attila Bartis. First meet him and then hazard a guess.

He also controls very well the rhythm of the narrative.

Take the five years prison sentence in Russia and Hungary raises you likely death. My neighbor Randy owns the only bookstore in our city. But I should get back to my comic.

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Lists with This Book. I was often finding myself drawn deeply into the emotion of the main character, the author who is dealing with his elderly, nutty actress-mother and his love life that has gone awry because nyigalom said mother and his living conditions with her. De ez nem minden.

Our mother noticed what was going on and we had to have “the talk”. But the book is set in Hungary, in Budapest, actually, and maybe the author is Hungarian?

Een paar weken terug ontdekte ik het worldliteratureforum en dan met name deze pagina http: To this I say I’ve never committed any acts of incest. Society provides most people with the tools required to avoid the paths of such individuals but we as the modern reader intentionally discard such warnings as we invite such experiences in the name of courage or boredom depending on our current proclivities. Her son lives with her in the communist and post communist Hungarian apartment that she never leaves.

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Published October 24th by Archipelago first published It’s not about his mother. Others seem to like it enough.

But what if these effects don’t work? There were also myriad cultural references that were totally lost on me – perhaps someone more well-versed in Hungarian barris would be able to place the book in context better than I. My mother was right about this.

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You submitted the following rating and review. January 27, ISBN: That’s a different kind of dark, Mariel. There are virtually no missteps and a large number of felicitous turns of phrase that seem entirely appropriate, don’t take me out of the narrative, and yet seem like brilliant inventions on the part of the translator.

I think that my occasional inability to follow the storyline is a result of my limited a It will take me a few weeks to be able to talk about this book in any detail. We didn’t have the good cable channels in hindsight there was probably no such thing as good cable. The review must be at least 50 characters long. To offend and disturb at a level that would qualify you as a horror writer isn’t really much of an achievement at all past the age of eight. Not only did this clarify some of the twisty plot points and recurring images as re-reading this always will, I think — many questions lingerbut it made me realize the above, that escape, from others as from the self, is no easy matter.

The sorrows of fractured family float in lasting exhibition. Mar 20, Alan rated it liked it Shelves: How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating you gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot. In that, Bartis is more like A.

View all 22 comments. If you have ever known someone who has what they call a cult of personality? I didn’t feel influenced to do it too. My shelves tell the story. My mom warned me about women like you! Vulgarism Mandatory Element No.


Tranquility by Attila Bartis

There is some kind of resolution for the protagonist at the end, but I started to find it a bit of a slog to get through, particularly the brutal scenes like the following which piled up throughout the book. She fell into the armchair but, grabbing her by the hair, I wrestled her to the floor and with a single shove turned her on her stomach. So much that these people do is hateful but you can’t hate them, can’t cynically write them off, can’t jyugalom ask what we—as individuals, as a society, as a species—are doing when we lie, especially when we do so with the idea of protecting others or ourselves.

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All that happened was that some little thing got in the way: When Tatila started reading it, I didn’t have expectations, I knew it was a popular novel, but I didn’t really know what it was about.

I kind of hate that in books, when some person justifies this because the mom was so good looking or wore good clothes for an example off the top of my head see The Liar’s Club or anything ever written by V. I get the impression it was really fucking harsh to be gay in Hungary. The mom wasn’t powerful because she was some super glamorous figure. De vijfendertig jarige schri Zo nu en dan struin ik het internet af naar nieuwe inspiratiebronnen voor boeken.

Nyuvalom, funny, poignant mix of late-Communist political farce in Hungary and the narrator’s own grappling with his own forms of narrative confession, this book won the Best Translated Book Award, and I can see why.

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