Péter Nádas





Péter Nádas


Born
in Budapest, Hungary
October 14, 1942

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Influences
Marcel Proust, Thomas Mann, magical realism


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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3.68 avg rating — 271 ratings — published 2005 — 23 editions
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A Book of Memories

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4.11 avg rating — 255 ratings — published 1986 — 21 editions
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The End of a Family Story

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3.44 avg rating — 131 ratings — published 1977 — 18 editions
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Own Death

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3.62 avg rating — 71 ratings — published 2002 — 7 editions
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A Lovely Tale of Photography

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2.95 avg rating — 39 ratings — published 1999 — 3 editions
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Love

2.73 avg rating — 55 ratings — published 1979 — 8 editions
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Fire and Knowledge: Fiction...

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3.68 avg rating — 22 ratings — published 2007 — 2 editions
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Évkönyv, ezerkilencszáznyol...

4.33 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 1989 — 3 editions
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Emlékiratok könyve I

it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 1986 — 3 editions
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Emlékiratok könyve II

4.80 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 1998 — 3 editions
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“Hardly anything remained of which he could speak aloud.”
Péter Nádas, Parallel Stories: A Novel

“if one could learn the most important things in life, one would still have to learn how to keep quiet about them.”
Péter Nádas, A Book of Memories

“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

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