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An early novel from the great rediscovered Hungarian writer Sándor Márai, The Rebels is a haunting story of a group of alienated boys on the cusp of adult life—and possibly death—during World War I.

It is the summer of 1918, and four boys approaching graduation are living in a ghost town bereft of fathers, uncles, and older brothers, who are off fighting at the front. The b
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 20th 2007 by Knopf (first published 1930)
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Tony
Jun 30, 2015 Tony rated it really liked it
Shelves: wwi, hungarian
Sándor Márai wrote 46 books and was considered to be one of Hungary's most influential authors, according to his Goodreads biograph-squib. Yet in the way that Columbus 'discovered' the New World and MLB hosts 'The World Series', Márai was 'rediscovered' by American publishing houses in the 1990s. One wonders how Márai would have taken the news, had he not ended his life with a bullet to the head while expatriating in San Diego, California in 1989.

'The Rebels', maybe his first novel, was 'redisco
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Carla
Em comum: A deriva.

A ausência dos pais que partiram para a guerra corresponde à sua incapacidade de encontrar um lugar no mundo. Eles combatem numa Guerra Mundial e os jovens sonham um mundo impossível. Forjam recordações. Embriagam-se numa obstinação sem objectivo. Há que crescer. Há que partir para a guerra. Há que rebelar-se.

Os homens que não partiram ou os que regressaram da guerra são os mutilados mental e fisicamente. Os que se instalam nas suas vidas. Que pregam verdades absurdas em tom
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Celeste Corrêa
A acção de “Rebeldes” passa-se no final de 1918 numa pequena cidade da Hungria marcada pelas consequências duma guerra distante – escassez de comida e soldados mutilados.
Quatro jovens, Erno, Abel, Tibor e Bela, conhecem-se na escola mas, até ao sétimo ano, não se preocupam muitos uns com os outros. Vivem separados, lado a lado, mas separados. É muito difícil dizer o que liga as pessoas, especialmente na juventude, quando os interesses ainda não criam amizades. Mas, de um momento para o outro, co
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Simona
Jun 28, 2016 Simona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Qui non siamo coinvolti nelle loro faccende. Detesto ciò che ci insegnano. Non credo in ciò che credono. Non rispetto ciò che rispettano. Ora non so che cosa accadrà, ma non voglio vivere in loro compagnia, non voglio neanche toccare il cibo che mangiano. Per questo sono qui. Perché qui posso violare quella che è la loro legge".

I ribelli è il terzo romanzo di Marai che leggo, dopo Le braci e Liberazione.
In ognuno di questi romanzi, si nota l'eleganza, l'essenzialità, ma anche la semplicità dell
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Ken
May 30, 2009 Ken rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read Sándor Márai’s The Rebels while traveling through Budapest, Bratislava, and Prague. This was part of my standing rule of reading a novel from the country you are visiting while traveling. In paid off well with Stevenson in the UK and Strindberg in Sweden. It did not serve me well with Bowles in Morocco. In the case of Márai it was a perfect fit. Having had my feet on the ground, mangling the Hungarian language in my worst attempts at communicate with the locals, I expe ...more
Natacha Martins
Nov 09, 2014 Natacha Martins rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Não sei que mais acrescentar à sinopse porque é um bom resumo do livro. Numa pequena cidade do interior, restam as mulheres, os idosos ou doentes e as crianças. Todos os jovens e homens em condições de lutar encontram-se na frente de guerra. A vida de quem fica, dos miúdos que ainda não têm idade para lutar e que ficam praticamente abandonados, sem supervisão, livres para fazer tudo o que a sua imaginação conceber é aquilo de que fala o livro. A rebeldia típica da idade, o constante desafiar da ...more
Rodrigo
Nov 02, 2013 Rodrigo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro que te deja un sabor de boca amargo. No por el libro mismo, que es breve, y escrito de una manera perfecta, se lee rápido. Pero la historia es muy fuerte. Un grupo de adolescentes, entrando a la adultez, que se rebelan contra el mundo adulto, al menos el mundo adulto que ellos conocen en Hungría, a fines de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, un mundo lleno de reglas, opresor, sin brillo. Esa es la historia principal, pero cada uno de ellos en realidad se está rebelando contra sí mismo, contra ...more
Filipa
Rebeldes é o terceiro livro do autor Sándor Márai que leio. Este autor revelou-se logo como sendo um dos meus favoritos, pela sua obra intitulada As Velas Ardem Até Ao Fim, que me marcou de uma forma inexplicável. Como já há algum tempo não pegava numa obra do autor, decidi matar saudades com este Rebeldes, que fala sobre um grupo de jovens que se encontram naquela idade entre o ser deixar de ser criança e passar a ser adulto, que é declaradamente uma fase de rebeldia. Neste livro, este grupo de ...more
Briynne
Jan 30, 2012 Briynne rated it liked it
I should give this four stars. The writing deserves at least four stars just for style alone (which I think is saying something considering it's a translation), but I still find myself holding back a little. This book disturbed and upset me, and was a somewhat uncomfortable read. That said, it was an excellently-written uncomfortable read.

The story follows a group of 17-year-old boys living in Hungary during the middle of the First World War. They are just finishing school and are imminently fac
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Olethros
-La vida da un mordisco a los que creen poder devorarla.-

Género. Novela.

Lo que nos cuenta. Cuando se acerca el fin de la Gran Guerra, cuatro muchachos que viven en una anónima ciudad del Imperio Austrohúngaro están a punto de terminar su educación en el Liceo y de entrar en el momento de poder ser llamados a filas (excepto uno de ellos, no apto para el servicio de armas) para luchar en una guerra que al principio era muy lejana y ahora ya deja huellas de varios tipos en su entorno. Los muchacho
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Margarida
Apr 06, 2011 Margarida rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I was torn between giving it 3 or 4 stars. I decided for 3, despite the marvellous writing. It was good and clearly a Sándor Márai book, but after reading the brilliant Embers I couldn't give it more than that. It was a good reading, allthough kinda uncomfortable, morbid and depressive. It's set in Hungary during the WWI and it's sad and beautiful, but there is something I don't quite know what it is that's missing.

This book isn't just about teenage boys being rebel, it goes deeper than that. It
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Jan
Nov 09, 2009 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's not a fun read, but it's very fine writing. A few parts, such as the section where the boys follow the actor through the town to the theater at midnight, reach the exultant, magical prose of Embers. Most of the time, however, I was thinking about how alien were the emotions and concerns of the people in the book. Although it's set almost a century ago, the characters seem to be struggling out of an even earlier period, the hegemony of the Austriohungarian Empire. Also, because all the ...more
Nicki Markus
Mar 12, 2015 Nicki Markus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-historical
One of the things I love about Sandor Marai's writing is the ease at which the reader can sink into his prose. His writing is so evocative that every story I've read of his really comes to life on the page - and The Rebels is no exception.

This was a great story that captured both the period setting and that moment when one ceases to be a child and becomes an adult. The boys in the gang are all so distinct and yet eerily the same and the reader can feel the fragility of their bond throughout the
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Helen
Feb 21, 2013 Helen rated it really liked it
I have a soft spot for East European writers and Sandor Marai's Embers was wonderful. This did not hit me in quite the same way but it was nevertheless a very welcome find in a second hand shop. Rebels tells the story of 4 young men, on the cusp of adulthood, passing out from education and entering, with all probability, WWI. The four band together and think of the worst things they can do to rebel against parents, teachers and other adults in authority. The tragic ending comes as no surprise.
Kim
Jun 27, 2015 Kim rated it liked it
Shelves: classics, read-again
"The Rebels"by Sándor Márai first was published in 1930, but it wasn't published in English until 2007. Márai was a Hungarian writer and journalist so I'm assuming the book was originally published in the Hungarian language whatever that is. One of the things that I read in the biography of the author in the beginning of my book was that the native form of his personal name is Márai Sándor but the Western name order is Sándor Márai. Now assuming that the Western name order is people like me and ...more
Rhomboid Goatcabin
Nov 10, 2016 Rhomboid Goatcabin rated it it was amazing
A fantastic find Mr. Márai's work has turned out to be. The Rebels melds an intimate characterisation of the teenage protagonists, that distinctive late Austro-Hungarian spirit and an enticing dose of absurdity into a whole that is as unique as it is encompassing. Highly recommend and must find more of his novels, having read only Embers so far.
Rita
Leeskring.
written 1929, edition revised by author in 1988 shortly before death.

Disturbing to read. Confusing. I ought to read it a second time. One review says the book covers just 2 days -- I had not realized that! I suppose I ought to feel more interest in the 4 boys [ 18 year olds], but didn't much -- maybe because I'm too old? maybe because of never having been a boy??

Marai has a habit [in all his books] of occasionally going on and on about one particular aspect of one particular person, ge
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Hanneke Römelingh
Heb het uit. "De opstandelingen" van Sándor Márai. Het stond nog ongelezen in mijn boekenkast. Een raar verhaal. Over jongens, die tegen hun eindexamen van de middelbare school aanhangen. Het eindigt met hun "lentefeest", als ze hun diploma hebben. Het speelt zich af begin vorige eeuw in Hongarije. Er is oorlog. De jongens merken er alleen indirect iets van. Hun vaders zijn aan het front, eten is op de bon. Zijzelf moeten ook de dienst in als ze klaár met school zijn.
Ze zijn op hun manier in ops
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Fábio Duarte
Oct 29, 2014 Fábio Duarte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Acabo de ler Rebeldes de Sándor Márai e recuso lembrar o dia em que não conhecia este autor genial, este húngaro tão injustamente apartado das nossas prateleiras que é tão brilhante que consegue tecer uma ponte entre os jovens de há 100 anos atrás e nós. Os mesmos ódios, os mesmos sonhos falhados, as mesmas perversões, os mesmos erros.
É reconfortante e duro, cru e tão bem escrito. Um livro a sério, que se adora num dia e se detesta no outro, que nos explica, através da história do bando, um grup
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Maryjoamani
Dec 20, 2013 Maryjoamani rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this book including its size and shape (okay, so I'm a bibliophile). I have no idea how it came into my hands. It's an old-fashioned sort of yarn, written in the 1930's by an Hungarian author. I've read that the first book in the series, Embers, is terrific so I'll be onto that next. This book is about adolescents who are coming to age at the time of WWI with all its lies and secrecies and how they are trying to postpone being adults...and questions what it means to be ...more
Sher
Jan 02, 2014 Sher rated it liked it
Marai is one of my favorite authors, though, so far, non of his books --except his autobiography --have captured me like his book Embers.

Marai is one of those authors who explores the same themes in most of his work, so if you have read his body of work, you will see how he looks at these themes from different angles. For Marai friendship and betrayal are predominant -- also class tensions, military, and war.

This story is pretty wild. It's about a group of young men during WWI. They are soon to
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Chantal E. R. H.
May 22, 2012 Chantal E. R. H. rated it liked it
Unfortunately I finished this book a bit ago an possibly rather damning, don't remember enough to write more than a couple of sentences in review. The book filled me with a nice sense of dread. I like that feeling in a book, waiting for the hammer to fall. There has to be a reward at the end of all of those pages of dread and anxiety. Unfortunately the last 30 or so pages of this book were extremely disappointing. The book had so much promise and was building up to what could have been a really ...more
Mike
Dec 26, 2007 Mike rated it really liked it
this is silly, but i really just picked up this book from the library because i liked the cover. i'd never heard of the author, a leading novelist in Hungary in the 1930s. it's an excellent book. it's the story of a group of graduating teens who form a gang of sorts. in an effort to distance themselves from the adult world they hate and don't understand they go about 'rebelling' against that adult world, like stealing random things from their parents. they feel like they live in a world where ...more
Fran Hawkes
Oct 22, 2015 Fran Hawkes rated it liked it
This is a strange, interesting book, which is beautifully written and translated. It is about four different adolescents battling against adulthood in WWI. They come together to form a gang and indulge in pointless pranks and steal from their families. Graduation means entry into the war that the reader knows is nearing its conclusion but the protagonists don't. The confusion of homosexual feelings are also thrown into the mix.

The main reason I didn't love this more was that I didn't entirely be
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Janet
Oct 21, 2012 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Het was een beetje taai om in dit boek te komen maar na het derde hoofdstuk werd het wat mij betreft beter leesbaar en werd het boek ook steeds duisterder. Tijdens de Eerste Wereldoorlog richten een aantal jongens in een provinciestadje in Hongarije een geheime club van opstandigen op die zich afkeren tegen de volwassenen en het volwassen worden. Waar het eerst om kwajongensstreken lijkt te gaan, blijkt al snel dat het 'spel' van de jongens zeer gevaarlijk is en wordt het de vraag of ze nog een ...more
Dana
Jul 25, 2015 Dana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
No fue para nada el libro que esperaba, eso no significa que sea un libro malo, pero si que me decepcionó mucho. Me quedé con muchas preguntas sobre la vida de los personas (tal vez más de las que deseas quedarte con un libro como éste). Gran parte de los personajes me enojaban, lo cuál creo que también es siempre algo bueno que un escritor te haga sentir algo con sus escritos. El final no sentí que fuera un final, fue más bien como un corte errado, sentí como que me terminaron el libro a la ...more
Hannah
Jul 08, 2014 Hannah rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, 2014
This was really good, for the first half and then the second half never quite lived up to the set-up, sadly. It's about a group of four boys in a small town in Hungary in May, 1918, and plays out over two days. The boys are in the hinterland of having finished school but not having started their military training yet, and they've been amusing themselves, and trying to distract themselves, over the past year by stealing a baffling variety of things. And then something happens and the inevitable ...more
Colleen Clark
Sep 08, 2011 Colleen Clark rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, history
I read "Embers" and enjoyed it but this one didn't capture my interest. I kept putting it aside with the result that by the time I came to the end I was baffled by the denoument but not interested enough to go back and figure out exactly who was who and what their relationships were exactly.

Still, it does give a portrait of a provincial Hungarian town near the end of WW I, with restless students whose fathers were away trying to figure out how to spend their time in the interval between their ex
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Kelly
Jan 28, 2008 Kelly rated it it was ok
Recommended to Kelly by: kim delaquil
I struggled with this book, I admit. It's very foreign to me -- written in a style I'm not used to (dreamy and description-heavy, with little dialog), in a part of the world I don't know much about (Hungary), in a time period I'm not particularly familiar with (WWI). But mostly it's because it's a book about the relationships between boys and their fathers, boys and adult men, and boys with each other. All that adds up to characters I neither understand nor relate to. I sympathize with them -- ...more
Rob
Aug 08, 2012 Rob rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hungary
A strange story about 4 students nearing their high school graduation during WW I in a small town in Hungary. They form a tight bond and carry out different acts of "rebellion" against adults.

This book was an uncomfortable read and more than a bit disturbing. I read it fast because I wanted to get it over with... not because it was an enjoyable read. A very far cry from Marai's Embers (one of my all time favorite novels), but still does have the writer's talented descriptive text. Overall just v
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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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