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A masterwork from the famed Hungarian novelist Sándor Márai, Portraits of a Marriage is in fact a portrait of a triangle—three passionate, single-minded lovers fighting over the marriage at the center, each of them bearing the capacity to love irrationally to an irreparable degree.A wealthy couple in bourgeois society, Peter and Ilona appear to enjoy a fine union. But each ...more
415 pages
Published (first published 1941)
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Nicole~
4.5 stars
Sándor Márai began his literary career as a poet whose artistry is well suited for this novel of a marriage viewed from the three corners of a love triangle. Márai deftly manipulates his reader through the novel's intense narrative, allowing his three main characters to perform their passionate monologues, each a moving tale as distinct and contrasting as their differing social backgrounds.

The story opens in a bar in post-war Budapest with Ilonka, who comes from a middle class family,
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Alta
Sándor Márai’s Portraits of a Marriage (Trans. from the Hungarian by George Szirtes, Knopf, 2011)

I had read Embers, The Rebels, Memoir of Hungary, Esther’s Inheritance, and the French edition of The Confessions of a Bourgeois (the English version is yet to come) by Márai, and I am a big admirer of his, but I didn’t expect to be so impressed by Portraits of a Marriage, his latest novel in English, released early this year by Knopf in George Szirtes’s outstanding translation. How should I put thi
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Ginny_1807
Nov 21, 2014 Ginny_1807 rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ginny_1807 by: Roberto
"Poi ho letto - ma già lo pensavo - che forse si tratta della solitudine della civiltà.
È come se il fuoco della gioia si fosse spento sulla terra. A volte, per qualche istante, qua e là arde ancora. In fondo all'animo umano vive il ricordo di un mondo felice, solare, giocoso, nel quale il dovere è al tempo stesso divertimento, e ogni sforzo è gradevole e sensato." (pag. 133)

"...ero stata proprio una stupida a credere che i ricchi fossero colti. Ma adesso so che chi è ricco approfitta soltanto d
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Roberto
Rimango assolutamente incantato dall’abilità di Sandor Marai nel sondare l’animo umano, affascinato dalle atmosfere che riesce a creare, dalle parole che sceglie con cura per raccontare i suoi personaggi, dalla semplicità della trama che si contrappone alla complessità delle personalità che descrive, dalla profondità delle sue considerazioni.

"Improvvisamente ho capito che non c'è nessuna persona giusta. Non esiste né in terra né in cielo né da nessun'altra parte, puoi starne certa. Esistono solt
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Filipa
(http://labirinto-livros.blogspot.pt/2...)

O que fazer quando descobrimos que o nosso marido nunca nos pertenceu totalmente e ao invés se encontra há longos anos apaixonado por outra mulher? O que fazer quando sabemos que o nosso casamento está completamente arruinado mas não temos coragem para abdicar dos votos que fizemos neste dia tão sagrado?
O que fazer quando sabemos que apesar de não odiarmos a mulher com quem casámos há tanto tempo, pertencemos corpo e alma a outra mulher que espera por nó
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M. Sarki
Aug 09, 2013 M. Sarki rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone willing to look at themselves and their relationships
reflex - an automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus.

Though this is basically a negative review I still believe the novel Portraits of a Marriage is definitely worth reading. And let this be a warning to you that further down the page there will be a spoiler of sorts, but I do not think it is something that could actually spoil your reading of this book. Myself, I wish I had known what the author or translator was getting at before I spent more than four hundred pages getting there
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Dulce
Este foi, sem dúvida, um dos livros mais interessantes e belos que já passou pelas minhas mãos. Trata-se de um romance dividido em três partes, cada uma delas escrita pelo autor em tempos diferentes (1941, 1949 e 1980) e narrada por cada um dos três personagens-chave do enredo. O epílogo final, que data de 1980, é narrado por um outro personagem de menor relevo que, como se fosse um mero espectador do romance, põe um ponto final na história com alguma isenção e frieza.

No fundo, entrelaçam-se aqu
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Lisa
This book was quite thrilling despite the fact that nothing really happened. The story of a marriage (and so much more) told from three (actually four if you count the epilogue) perspectives.

On Relationships
"But then time passes, a year, or three years, or two weeks -- have you noticed how love, like death, has nothing to do with clocks or calendars? -- and the grand plan to which both the woman and the man have agreed is not carried through, or only partially carried through, not quite as eith
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Julia Boechat Machado
All my reviews are currently in Library Thing. I'm no longer updating my GR since it was bought by Amazon.
Ruby
I have a lot of things to say about this book. Funnily enough, this is one of the highest (the highest? I'm not sure) rated books by Márai here on Goodreads, but I thought it was quite weak, compared to the two other books I have read by him.

First of all, I have a feeling that the translation played quite a big part in my dislike for some parts of this book. The book is divided into three parts, each of which has a different narrator. These three narrators tell their stories to someone else. Whe
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Pablo Torres Corpus
LA MUJER JUSTA. Sándor Márai. Ed. Salamandra.
La Mujer Justa trata de tres distintas versiones monologadas de una misma historia de pasión, mentiras y razón.

En una cafetería de Budapest Marika, mujer de escasa cultura y afanes intelectuales platica cómo descubrió que su marido estaba perdidamente enamorado de otra y como intento reconquistarlo sin éxito.

En la segunda parte, Peter, el exmarido platica a un amigo cómo abandonó a su esposa por la mujer que lo excitaba y volvía loco desde años atrás,
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Jose
Jun 24, 2009 Jose rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: quem gostou de "Rashomon"
Basicamente quatro diálogos de dois homens e duas mulheres com um companheiro alma gentil próximo em uma cafeteria, hotel, restaurante, ... , e uma trama conectando estas vivências. Ilonka foi casada com Péter, que pede a separação para voltar a casar com Judit, uma criada, que por sua vez tambem se separa e conhece um musico, seu amante final - contexto de Europa pós-guerra. Estas quatro partes tem a forma de monólogo, mesmo que estejam se dirigindo a este companheiro, que invisível, a tudo obs ...more
Adrian Buck
Márai is a great writer, I'm not so sure he's a great novelist. I have sixteen flurorescent tags sticking out of this volume. These highlight things I thought were worth looking at again, but I usually only do this in books for study. My friend, Balázs has Márai's "Füvés Könyv" (literally grass covered book) always close to hand. This is a book of short thematic pieces - "On Sadness" being the one he most recently quoted from. Balázs is not so familiar with the five translated novels I've read. ...more
Ronnie Fein
Older book (1941) about a marriage triangle told in three parts, by each member of the triangle: a middle class woman who marries a well-to-do man from a rich and powerful family; that man, and the man's mother's maid. It's not so much the usual triangle of middle-class life interrupted by the love for the housekeeper as it is three philosophical essays from each of the three people about what they're thinking, what they expect and do not expect from life, how they cope with life's demands. I am ...more
Andrea Carolina
La Mujer Justa es un gran libro, es entretenido, interesante, fácil de leer. Es de esos libros que están llenos de frases sobre el amor, la vida, la literatura, la amistad, etc que te dejan pensando un rato o que de repente cambian tu visión de las cosas. Es un libro recomendable yo diría que a todo el mundo.

En la época que lo lei estaba trabajando constantemente con una persona que un dia que4 me vio con el libro me pregunto “que lees?” yo le dije “la Mujer Justa” esa persona me dijo “de que se
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Olethros
-Del determinismo social, de los sentimientos y de muchas otras cosas.-

Género. Novela.

Lo que nos cuenta. En un momento indeterminado del periodo de entreguerras, en la ciudad de Budapest, Marika relata a su amiga cómo fue su matrimonio y cómo fracasó. Algo después, el hombre con quien estuvo casado esa mujer, Péter, le relata a un amigo como rompió su matrimonio para casarse con la mujer que realmente anhelaba, Judit. Por último, años después y a muchos kilómetros de allí, Judit le cuenta al h
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Full Stop
http://www.full-stop.net/2011/03/07/r...

Review by Kehan DeSousa

Spanning late fin de siècle Budapest to the conclusion of World War II, Sándor Márai’s Portraits of a Marriage focuses less on love and more on the insurmountable effect of class on relationships. The romances occasionally seem pro forma and bloodless, but serve effectively as microcosms of the class tension rippling across Europe during this period.

The three narrators—a bourgeois industrialist and his two wives, the first insecurely
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Jennifer
The writing is very talky, like a cross between Dostoyevsky and D.H. Lawrence. The book seems, at first, to be mostly about the psychology of a relationship from different angles, but then takes on class and cultural and even historical dimensions. I recommend!
teresa
Bom livro de Sandor Márai. Intimista. Gostei muitissimo. Dá-nos a conhecer o ponto de vista de cada um dos intervenientes num trângulo amoroso. Muito interessante, vale a pena ler.
Pat
Ma la gioia che si prova leggendo perle come "La donna giusta" è un dono che si riceve. Bellissimo libro. Quello che mi ha colpito, al di là della grande capacità narrativa nel descrivere sentimenti come passione, dolore, verità taciute, sono i momenti di riflessione sulla felicità, l'amore, la capacità di essere felici per ciò che si è e si ha. Ecco allora l'incapacità o la paura di amare e farsi amare, il senso di incompletezza nella ricchezza, che obbliga ad avere altro per colmare un vuoto, ...more
Eva Sanz
Sándor Márai nos enseña como las mismas situaciones y vivencias pueden ser tan distintas dependiendo del ojo desde el que se mira. Tres personas que viven, sienten y pasan por el amor, la dependencia, el desencuentro y el desamor teniendo una percepción de la vida y de las situaciones tan increíblemente diferente.
El libro nos enseña que no percibimos las mismas situaciones del mismo modo y nos enseña a ampliar nuestras miras y a ponernos en lugar del otro.
Narrado en forma de monólogo desde la
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Susana
Escritura un poco pesada ...
Ana Carvalheira
É uma obra absolutamente inquietante e, dentro desse desconcerto, extraordinariamente arrebatadora! Tendo como pano de fundo o período decorrido entre as duas guerras mundiais arrastando-se pela ocupação nazi na Hungria e a entrada do Exército Vermelho em Budapeste, esta narrativa concentra toda a sua força morfológica, expressiva e literária num triângulo amoroso, cujos vértices surgem em forma de monólogos dolorosamente introspetivos. O falência do amor, a irremediável perda, a inexorável soli ...more
Mariana
O título em português é "De verdade". A Companhia das Letras está relançando tudo do Sándor Márai e, pelo uni-duni-tê, escolhi esse. É fenomenal. Três diferentes narradores contam mais ou menos a mesma história, sobre um relacionamento que os envolve, da sua própria perspectiva: a ex- mulher, o ex-marido e a amante responsável por eles serem "ex". cada um conta de acordo com seu viés, guiados por suas neuroses - a mulher que queria ser "de verdade" para seu marido, o homem incomodado com sua pos ...more
Emily
Feb 20, 2011 Emily marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Just read an article on NPR about this book. It sounds very interesting. Below is the NPR story.

There is a point early on in Sandor Marai's Portraits of a Marriage — a 1941 novel that is just now back in print — when our narrator, a middle-class woman who has married into the vanishing Hungarian bourgeoisie, realizes that she has lost her husband to an invisible rival. The smoking gun is a lilac ribbon in his wallet. With the singular focus of a lover scorned, Ilonka vows to reclaim her marriage
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Ann Spivack
It seems to me obscene to set a novel during the war and then -- except for a few secondary scenes -- make the novel about the petty jealousies of three soulless people. I detested this utterly joyless book. The themes of this book -- loneliness as the natural state of being, war, the gap between classes, and a dying culture all interested me but the author's dour, hopeless, endlessly blathering delivery made it a challenge to keep reading. He seems to dislike his own characters so intensely -- ...more
Maria
Heb tegen mijn gewoonte in, lang over dit boek gedaan en 2 andere boeken er tussen door gelezen. Dat wil niet zeggen dat ik het niet goed vond want dat vond ik juist wel. Het is wel een veeleisend boek wat je met grote aandacht moet lezen (ik had er vaak pen en papier bij om wat aantekeningen te maken).
Het verhaal wordt verteld door twee vrouwen en een man. Ieder vertelt een deel van het verhaal en deels overlappen ze elkaar. De vrouwen zijn allebei met de man getrouwd geweest. De man, afkomsti
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Gia
Well, where to start? This book will probably be one of the worst, most boring, dull books that I will ever read in my life.
This is about three people, involved in a triangle, not really a love triangle because no one seems to love the next except for the wife. The characters are completely soulless, weak, detestable. The whole style of the narrative makes it look like a long description of pretty much everything from the laxatives they took to the pajamas they wore to bed. I find it hard to be
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Sándor Márai (originally Sándor Károly Henrik Grosschmied de Mára) was a Hungarian writer and journalist.
He was born in the city of Kassa in Austria-Hungary (now Košice in Slovakia) to an old family of Saxon origin who had mixed with magyars through the centuries. Through his father he was a relative of the Ország-family. In his early years, Márai travelled to and lived in Frankfurt, Berlin, and P
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