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Párhuzamos történetek Read å 104 µ ☉ Párhuzamos történetek PDF / Epub ❤ Author Péter Nádas – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk In 1989 the year the Wall came down a university student in Berlin on his morning run finds a corpse on a park bench and alerts the authorities This scene opens a novel of extraordinary scope and dept In the year the Wall came down a university student in Berlin on his morning run finds a corpse on a park bench and alerts the authorities This scene opens a novel of extraordinary scope and depth a masterwork that traces the fate of myriad Europeans Hungarians Jews Germans Gypsies across the treacherous years of the mid twentieth centuryThree unusual men are at the heart of Parallel Stories Hans von Wolkenstein whose German mother is linked to secrets of fascist Nazi collaboration during the s Ágost Lippay Lehr whose influential father has served Hungary’s different political regimes fo. ABSURDLY LONG NOVELS MY 2016 PROJECTYou can’t help but notice that some novels are stupefyingly long so long that they put you right off This one is 1133 pages Really I mean who are they kidding If you come to that part of your life when you have the time for such a novel you will probably no longer have enough bodily strength to pick it up A robot or a nurse will have to help This kind of annoyed me Because I thought – wait Someone – uite a few someones – thought that this novel had to be this long it couldn’t be any shorter The author yes but he also managed to convince his agent and editor and publisher at the very least All fairly serious people not the type who’d say heh let’s just publish a 1133 page novel which no one will read for the sheer fun of it What a laughSo this made me think that I am missing what might be some great books just because they are insanely long I therefore conceived a cunning plan – I would choose ten of these behemoths and I would read one hundred pages and if I wasn’t hooked I would say – “faugh upon you you bloated wedge of wood pulp begone to Oxfam” and to the author I would say “May the lamb of God stir his hoof through the roof of heaven and kick you in the arse down to hell May you have the runs on your wedding night and may you be imprisoned in a library containing only Dan Brown novels and railway timetables from 1931”So then I checked on a well known online book retailer’s site and found to my great surprise that many of these vast novels were being sold at amazing bargain prices like a uid or two uid On reflection this did not bode well but shoving aside any trepidations I have been buying these tomes like a one armed sailor on a three day pass The postman has probably muttered the Lamb of God curse at me several times come to think of it Anyway Parallel Stories is Experimental Long Novel Number One We shall see what we shall see

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R decades and András Rott who has his own dark record of mysterious activities abroad The web of extended and interconnected dramas reaches from back to the spring of when Europe trembled on the edge of war and extends to the bestial times of – when Budapest was besieged the Final Solution devastated Hungary’s Jews and the war came to an end and on to the cataclysmic Hungarian Revolution of October We follow these men from Berlin and Moscow to Switzerland and Holland from the Mediterranean to the North Sea and of course from village to city in Hungary The social and political circumsta. 4520 Just completed my fourth full reading in less than a decade I suppose I'm than a little obsessed with this book and in fact think it's the greatest work of literature ever composed Next time I will read in the original MagyarI'm firmly convinced Mr Nadas is the greatest living novelist in the western world This book is like really intense I first read it when it came out in '11 and then stopped reading novels for the next year or so Everything else seemed sort of inadeuate Petty insignificant Peace time Relative prosperity and comfort A cultured woman has to run to the toilet with a bad case of diarrhea all the while trying to keep up bourgeois appearances; the discomfort in her body brings her back to that time she was riding in a cattle car to Treblinka and everyone lost control of their bowels Scenes like this happen over and over for than 1000 pages There are dozens and dozens of characters and every single one of them has to fart scratch his ball leak menstrual fluid or some such variation Then as often as not something really terrible happens Trauma is held in the body; that's where history takes place This might not sound all that appealing to a lot of readers And indeed back in '11 a lot of the reviews were not favorable I particularly remember one in the UK Guardian where the critic just seemed PISSED at having to endure this To some degree I guess I can sympathize; I mean if you were assigned to read it for your job if you'd been compelled I can see that it might not be much fun I'd recommend first trying A Book of Memories Nadas's earlier novel It's about 30% shorter and far tender romantic even The narrator is constantly trying to escape history looking for refuge in the warmth of others' bodies and occasionally finding it In Parallel Stories this doesn't ever seem to be a real possibility History is inescapable and we're all of us trapped in our own bodies A totally uncompromising vision of evil not like anything else in literature Surely Nadas towers far above all contemporaries A teenage boy contemplating suicide soon after having had his first sexual experience with men a lot of men it so happensHe was taking with him the taste and smell of strange men's lips gums teeth saliva and cocks; her cherished this as he did his own imminent death for which he had to take only a few possibly painful steps He will take everything with him pp 626 Even than Jean Genet perhaps Nádas is the ultimate writer of trans historic faggotry No one will ever write better or accurate scenes of gay cruising than the ones found in this book This makes it all the remarkable that he's able to create such compelling fully embodied woman characterspossibly I'm exaggerating the bleakness a little a whole long section almost resembles a nouvelle vague film oh Kristóf my north star; am I getting too old to still romanticize walking away61816 actually already 619 here in les Cer Third reading I remain in awe perplexed shaken Nádas is my favorite writer I think Parallel Stories and Book of Memories are eually great but BoM is definitely easier to love I'd say I have of a tumultuous relationship with PS Stuck in my craw I couldn't give it up if I wanted to As the doctor in Nightwood says of Nora and Robin though they may sleep in separate graves one dog will unbury them bothSilence is what awakens him In a book of around half a million words the author finally has to bow before the unspeakable A novel this violent and sexually explicit yet in the end it simply can't be represented or described'The point at which parallel line meet is infinity' Simone Weil Gravity and GraceNádas appears to be no Euclidean These stories do not follow the civilized rules of classical geometry And the modern Enlightenment fares little better in these pages 'The meaning of so many things in this world is simply incomprehensible and very little can be comprehended with the help of knowledge' pp 284Encyclopedic in scope not for nothing has it been compared to War Peace The reader might also be reminded of Underworld or 2666 At the same time for all the different scenes and characters the books possesses an intensely focused relentless uality Nádas is happy to make use of all his research and erudition but that's not the point Over and over he pursues darkness obscurity unknowing

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Párhuzamos történetekNces of their lives may vary greatly their sexual and spiritual longings may seem to each of them entirely uniue yet Péter Nádas’s magnificent tapestry unveils uncanny reverberating parallels that link them across time and spaceThis is Péter Nádas’s masterpiece eighteen years in the writing a sensation in Hungary even before it was published and almost four years in the translating Parallel Stories is the first foreign translation of this daring demanding and momentous novel and it confirms for an even larger audience what Hungary already knows that it is the author’s greatest wor. What you get with Nádas is a candid unrestrained portrayal of the seedier aspects of life His depictions are not glamorous He is obsessed with bodily functions and with the mechanics of sex The fluids the friction and all the nasty odours and secretions are described in sensory detail He has a particular penchant for describing the attributes of the foreskin its present position as being either relaxed or painfully retracted behind the bulb its state of cleanliness its odour the colour and composition of the substances that inhabit it or emanate from its vicinity; his characters’ preoccupation with the above and its effect on their cognitive and emotional state If you have ever wondered about such things this is the book for youThough the writing can be uncomfortably descriptive the unabashed honesty with which he writes is refreshing Indeed these are aspects of life which are rarely written about but which do freuently occupy our thoughts and are in fact an important part of our experience For the extent that they figure in our minds – in our memories and imaginations – they are seldom committed to print For this uniue examination of these hidden elements of life Nádas must be commendedBut unfortunately Nádas has a tendency to overindulge these proclivities The descriptions of sex are often drawn out tedious and unnecessary though to be fair much of this is limited to the earlier parts of the novel Indeed a similar criticism can be applied to the totality of Nádas’s writing even when not depicting sex it is excessive and indulgent Much of the time he appears to be writing without purpose with no real narrative direction His scenes are over described and go nowhere He creates elaborate histories for his characters that have little bearing on their actions or relationships A novel does not need to have a plot but it does need be written with a purpose that is not purely to indulge the authorNádas’s prose is a mixed bag It is sometimes elegant but often it is awkward and clichéd however it’s difficult to know how much of this should be blamed on the author and how much on the translation and uirks of the original language His scenes are deeply introspective He regularly wanders away from the narrative into history memory and imagination This has the effect of distending time and causing scenes to take on a strange still static uality I’m not certain that this is an intentional or particularly desirable feature but the effect is uniue and memorable nonetheless Nádas’s style is characterised by freuent sudden and unexplained shifts in time and perspective These are often difficult to follow and this lends the novel a puzzle like uality Whereas I generally enjoy this kind of invitation to active participation in this case I did not feel compelled to play along I simply did not trust that Nádas was doing anything particularly creative or clever It felt like a trick like he was attempting to use these techniues to as a proxy for profundity to imply layers that were simply not there As I began reading Parallel Stories I would keep a note of characters’ names settings and relationships in order to help follow the convolutions and draw connections between the various stories But eventually I abandoned this practice as it became apparent that Nádas was not driving towards any sort of strong unification of the narrative Parallel Stories is characterised by a succession of minutely detailed scenes which do capture something profound yet fleeting about the human experience but which often lack any wider purpose in the context of the novel Eventually I began reading the chapters simply as vignettes and allowed the connections to fall where they may I will concede that there is every chance that my own cynicism and impatience was at play here and it’s possible that I have not given Nádas sufficient credit for his narrative style and structure Parallel Stories is difficult to read without a detailed knowledge of Hungarian culture history and politics So much of the novel is about capturing the Hungarian condition and experience Nádas has clearly written for a Hungarian audience and though some context has been added in the translation footnotes there remains a lot of history and lived experience that is assumed of the reader which most non Hungarians would not possess I suspect that the novel is filled with countless points of resonance that would be implicitly understood and felt by Hungarian readers but lacking this context I personally had difficulty connecting with many of its foundational themes This was perhaps the biggest difficulty for me to overcomeWhen reviewing a novel of this size and complexity one simply cannot encapsulate it entirely and therefore I must stress that my comments in this review are generalities which cannot be applied uniformly to the whole work I say this only because I feel that I am being unfair in some of my criticisms in that they absolutely do not apply in all cases Indeed there are several sections of the novel that I felt were outstanding Péter Nádas has much to recommend him as a writer and perhaps Parallel Stories is a better novel than I am giving it credit for However I can only provide my own opinions and impressions constrained as they are by my own context and preferences and the time I’ve allowed myself to write this review My overall impression of the novel is positive but on balance not overwhelmingly so You may disagree