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Anna Édes

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Psychological novel, set in early 20th-century Hungary.
Published (first published 1926)
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Tea Jovanović
Jun 15, 2014 Tea Jovanović rated it really liked it
Podseća me na Zolu i Balzaka... :-) Priča od pre jednog veka... Nekako mi je više obećavala... Sve je nekako jasno a i nije jasno... Čudan osećaj na kraju... Dobar prevod Marije Tot Ignjatović... Kod nas je objavila Laguna...
Orsolya
Societies all over the world are broken into hierarchies and social classes. This structure is well-exemplified in a home with servants. How does this relate to the bigger picture of government and politics? Hungarian master author Deszo Kosztolanyi explores this topic in, “Anna Edes”.

On the surface, “Anne Edes” is a novel following Mr. and Mrs. Vizy (a bourgeois couple) who seek out a new maid for their household. Enter: Anna. Anna is the perfect maid, bringing not only cleanliness but also pea
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Ben Winch
Nov 25, 2013 Ben Winch rated it liked it
Maybe it’s partly that, feeling out of touch with publishing options, I’ve been researching contemporary writing and small presses, but this felt very dated to me. Maybe it was bound to happen eventually, but as I read this I wondered, ‘Am I wasting my time here? Should I read something new?’ Not so much (as I’ve said before) to discover any new developments, but to get a broader idea of what literature can be at any one moment. Because Kosztolanyi, let’s face it, isn’t pushing any boundaries. J ...more
Núria
Nov 06, 2009 Núria rated it really liked it
Recommended to Núria by: Bieiris
'Anna Édes' de Dezsö Kosztolányi sucede en Budapest el 1919, justo después de la caída del régimen comunista y la temporal invasión de las tropas rumanas. Ahora que la sociedad de clases ha sido restablecida por completo y todas las cosas vuelven a estar en orden, Kornel Vizy, burgués y alto funcionario del gobierno, y su mujer, Angéla, pueden respiran aliviados. El señor Vizy decide que es momento de perseguir un ascenso que hace tiempo que se le niega, mientras que la señora Vizy decide que es ...more
Vera
Oct 13, 2015 Vera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kosztolányi egy zseni, csak azt sajnálom, hogy ismertem a történet végét mielőtt olvastam volna...
Katalin Tóth
Oct 11, 2015 Katalin Tóth rated it really liked it
azért négy, mert annak ellenére, hogy kötelező (uhh, hozzáállás...), tetszett.
Panka Bor
Dec 03, 2015 Panka Bor rated it really liked it
Egy gyonyoru es meghato tortenet a kommun bukasa utani helyzetrol. Mufaja szempontjabol tarsadalmi es mely lelektani regeny. Anna a tokeletes cseled, elkerul Vizyekhez ahol is, a maniakus no es baratai, ferje fogadjak magukhoz a tiszta lelku lanyt. Mindent megtesz a lany, nem lop, nem hazudik, nem beszel sokat. Vizyne unokaoccse Jancsi is eszkozkent tekint a megtort lanyra, hisz szerelmi viszony alakul ki kettejuk kozott. Mindenki egy ertektelen emberkent tekint a lanyra, es vegul betelik a poha ...more
Eve
Jan 20, 2012 Eve rated it it was amazing
Sweet sweet Anna.... sweets can harm... As this novel does, harms the soul and diggs holes into the minde and soul. Loved every page.
Rita
Sep 26, 2014 Rita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5
Maria
Mar 20, 2013 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
De periode net na afloop van de Eerste Wereldoorlog was voor de Hongaren een onduidelijke chaotische tijd. De politieke situatie veranderde voortdurend en men bekeek elkaar wat argwanend.
Het verhaal speelt zich bijna volledig af in het huis van de eerzuchtige referendaris Kornél Vizy en zijn vrouw Angéla. In twintig jaar huwelijk hebben zij talloze dienstmeisjes gehad die het stuk voor stuk niet langer dan een half jaar hebben uitgehouden ‘ze haalde hen door elkaar; als ze een gezicht voor zic
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Blair
Feb 12, 2016 Blair rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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So I decided that now that I am older, it's time to pick up some of the required readings.
I am not sure why I picked this one, but even in school I was always fascinated by Kosztolanyi. I have only read his poems and its definitely visible in his writing style that he was also a poet.
I didn't expect to love this book. I needed that boost at the beginning when I was listening to the audiobook, but at the end I just couldn't put it down. ... I know it took me two weeks to read, but hey, this is a
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Bruce
Mar 18, 2014 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Édes szatíra a korszakról, és jó a cselekmény. Majd megírom egy hosszabb értékelést. Jobban tudtam megérteni az I. Világháború utáni politikai és társadalmi gondolatmenetet a Tánczos Csuda Mózestól (azaz, Wass Albert Tizenhárom almafa c. regényétől) mint ebben bármelyik szereplőtől, csupán ezért nem kap öt csillagot.
Nadia
Mar 30, 2015 Nadia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The ending was a bit unsatisfactory, but other than that I thought this novel very interesting and well-written. I just wish I could also understand the novel from a political point of view, but not knowing much about the history of Hungary, some of the meaning of the novel is lost on me.
Kristi
Huvitav kiirvaade Ungari ajalukku ja ühtlasi klassidevahelistesse suhetesse. Ilmselt oleksa sarnase temaatikaga raamatu saanud kirjutada ka Eestist 1920ndatel aastatel.

Autorilt omapärane lähenemine, kus jutustuse tõlgendamine jääb valdavalt lugeja teha. Raamatus pole autor inimeste käitumise põhjuseid sageli selgitanud. Vaid tajutav on ühiskondliku tausta mõju.
Dominika
Régóta vágytam arra, hogy elolvassam Kosztolányi eme remekművét! Számomra nem volt kötelező olvasmány a könyv, így boldogan vettem a kezem ügyébe. Azt kell, hogy mondjam, Kosztolányi írói tehetsége nem vitatott; a stílus, ahogy leírta a kor történéseit magával ragadott. Vizy és Vizyné páros jellemzése és kapcsolat egyszerűen makulátlan! Végre azt érezhettem, hogy úgy igazán élvezem a könyvet, és nem csak a történetet, hanem azt a hangulatot amit az író a szavak között hagyott! Ajánlom mindenkine ...more
Gloomrose
Jan 03, 2014 Gloomrose rated it liked it
Wow... I'm a bit disoriented by this book... I had to read it for my Hungarian classes, so I wasn't really sure what to expect from it. Actually, I personally think, that the story isn't too important. The author only uses it to picture a lot of things that were happening in the human hearts especially in the times of the book itself. But I must say, that we humans still have reference points to most of the stuff Kosztolányi is covertly speaking of.
Avbtt
May 18, 2014 Avbtt rated it liked it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Did not finish this book, did stop reading. Halfway through, without any warning, there is a rape. Did not want to read anymore
Kobe Bryant
Sep 24, 2014 Kobe Bryant rated it liked it
I think the lesson here is to never ever trust your servants
Carlie Craver
Nov 05, 2013 Carlie Craver rated it it was ok
Igaziból nem álltam hozzá úgy, hogy biztosan rossz lesz, de arra nem számítottam, hogy ennyire unalmasnak találom majd. A cselekmények lassan folytak, az elsô harminc oldal kész katasztrófa volt, és bár a stílus kifejezetten élvezhetô volt - fôleg a kötelezôk többsége mellett -, mégis nagyon nehezen rágtam át magam rajta. Talán túl hosszan is. A csattanó se volt számomra olyan sokkoló, hasonlóra számítottam. Mindezek ellenére nem volt rossz, de az én ízlésemnek túlontúl unalmas volt. Az érettség ...more
Ffiamma
Jun 19, 2013 Ffiamma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: est
una famiglia benestante alla ricerca della domestica perfetta e anna, che sembra avere tutti i requisiti. il mondo borghese, il microcosmo che si crea intorno a un palazzo, a una cerchia ristretta di amici, i pettegolezzi, le voci, la descrizione del lavoro in casa. un omicidio apparentemente inspiegabile, anche. romanzo famosissimo in ungheria- sarcastico, intelligente, a tratti claustrofobico. speriamo venga tradotto presto!
(grazie a gabrilu, che mi ha incuriosito con la sua recensione)
maven
An interesting enough look at a slice of Hungarian life after the first World War, focusing on the effects of the class system on how people treat one another. The writing was a bit plodding and heavy-handed at times, and there were a number of mistakes missed in editing this translation. The major event late in the book was a total surprise to me. I expected something to happen, based on how the story was building, but this went well beyond what I imagined.
Helena
Apr 07, 2009 Helena rated it it was ok
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Eldonfoil TH*E Whatever Champion
I certainly enjoyed this book---colorful characters, fabulous detail, and true to its time and place. But it doesn't have the depth that I perceived in Skylark. Nothing to frown upon here from Mr. Kosztolanyi, but no shots at the moon either. 3.5 stars.
Adrian Buck
Jan 05, 2014 Adrian Buck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hungarian, fiction
Most impressive Hungarian novel I've read since 'Relations'. Very sophisticated narrative, deeply touching, politically and psychologically astute, and playful too! All this in 1926... bit of a Master and Marguerita moment.
Pupilla
Sep 23, 2013 Pupilla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-hungarian
Szerettem. Ráadásul érettségin is sikerült ezt húznom :)
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Dezső Kosztolányi was a famous Hungarian poet and prose-writer.

Kosztolányi was born in Szabadka (Subotica) in 1885, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, but which now lies in northern Serbia. The city serves as a model for the fictional town of Sárszeg, in which he set his novella Skylark as well as The Golden Kite. Kosztolányi studied at the University of Budapest, where he met the poets Mih
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