Péter Nádas





Péter Nádas

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born
in Budapest, Hungary
October 14, 1942

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influences
Marcel Proust, Thomas Mann, magical realism


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Hungarian novelist, essayist, and dramatist, a major central European literary figure. Nádas made his international breakthrough with the monumental novel A Book of Memories (1986), a psychological novel following the tradition of Proust, Thomas Mann, and magic realism.

Péter Nádas was born in Budapest, as the son of a high-ranking party functionary. Nádas's grandfather, Moritz Grünfeld, changed his name into Hungarian, which was considered a scandal in the family. Nádas's youth was shadowed by the loss of his parents. Nádas's mother died of cancer when he was young and his father committed suicide. At the age of 16 his uncle gave him a camera, and after dropping out of school Nádas turned to photojournalism. During the late 1960s and early
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Parallel Stories
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 211 ratings — published 2005 — 21 editions
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A Book of Memories
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The End of a Family Story
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Own Death
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A Lovely Tale of Photography
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Love
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La Bibbia: E Altri Racconti
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“By fantasizing one builds a more predictable world, and then one has no time to notice what is really happening, because of the din made by one's expectations crashing down.”
Péter Nádas, Parallel Stories: A Novel

“Hardly anything remained of which he could speak aloud.”
Péter Nádas, Parallel Stories: A Novel

“The harmony of two bodies expressed in this single touch, bridging their differences and bending their moral reserve, was as powerful and wild as
physical fulfillment, yet there was nothing false in this harmony, no
illusion created that just by touching, our bodies could express feelings
that rationality prevented us from making permanent; I might even say that
our bodies cooly preserved their good sense, scheming and keeping each
other in check, as if to say, I'll yield unreservedly to the madness of
the moment but only if and when you do the same; but this physical plea
for passion and reason, spontaneity and calculation, closeness and
distance, took our bodies past the point where, clinging to desire and
striving for the moment of gratification, they would seek a new and more complete harmony.”
Péter Nádas, A Book of Memories

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