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Un pomeriggio, in una elegante pasticceria di Budapest, davanti a un gelato al pistacchio, una donna racconta a un’altra donna come un giorno, avendo trovato nel portafogli di suo marito un pezzetto di nastro viola, abbia capito che nella vita di lui c’era stata, e forse c’era ancora, una passione segreta e bruciante, e come da quel momento abbia cercato, invano, di riconq...more
Paperback, Biblioteca Adelphi #458, 444 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Adelphi (first published 1941)
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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,...more
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
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.
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
Ricardo
viene muy bien
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...more
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...more
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...more
La Stamberga dei Lettori
Quattro personaggi, quattro vite, quattro racconti si legano in una sola trama, come quattro fili diversi che intrecciandosi danno vita una sola storia, a un solo tessuto. Una moglie, un marito, una domestica, un amante e in più come figura esterna di giudice onnipresente, quasi con il ruolo di testimone dei fatti, uno scrittore, sorta di maschera dell'autore.

I fatti sono essenziali: un triangolo amoroso tra due donne e un uomo, in cui già in partenza i ruoli di vincitrice e di sconfitta sono de...more
robxyz
Mi � difficile riassumere le impressioni contrastanti nate da questa lettura; � senz'altro un valido romanzo in grado di trasmettere bene lo stile caratteristico ed il senso narrativo di Sandor Marai, un libro concepito in forma di lungo monologo a pi� voci il quale, a causa delle riflessioni di cui � ricco, richiederebbe una concentrazione durante la lettura che non sempre sono stato in grado di prestargli. Come spiegato dalla copertina, originariamente il libro pubblicato nel '41 consisteva de...more
Cloudbuster
*** 1/2

Nel lontano 1992 ho vissuto a Budapest per tre mesi con una borsa di studio. Il paese era appena uscito dal periodo comunista e nelle strade e nelle rinomate pasticcerie della città si respirava ancora qualcosa della società mitteleuropea. Ricordo che le persone che passavano ore a discutere ai tavolini di Gerbaud e anche alla televisione magiara c’erano sempre delle “pallosissime” tavole rotonde. Ho sempre avuto l’impressione che al popolo ungherese piacesse tantissimo discutere, ma farl...more
Briynne
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Jennyreadsexcessively
I heard such good things about Embers when it was released here a few years back, so when this newly translated work received good reviews this year I decided to give this author a try. Sandor Marai was a prominent Hungarian novelist of the 1930's who came to America to escape the Communist takeover. Here, he lived in relative obsurity, publishing a few books in his native Hungarian, before finally taking his life in 1989.

Portraits of a Marriage is a wonderfully told story of a doomed love trian...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...more
Maria
En La mujer justa, se nos cuenta una historia desgarradora de amor, de celos y de traición a través de tres monólogos: el de Maritka, joven y hermosa burguesa que cuenta a una amiga cómo se casó y se divorció de su marido tras la muerte de su único hijo y tras descubrir que él había estado siempre enamorado platónicamente de otra mujer; el del marido Péter, que cuenta cómo perdió a su hijo (físicamente) y a su mujer (en el plano afectivo) y cómo se casó con la traidora Judit contraviniendo todas...more
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 ho...more
Annie Primera
Le falta sólo una estrella por culpa de la tercera parte. Las dos primeras partes son de lo mejor que he leído en mi vida: profundas, interesantes, me hicieron pensar y me hicieron temblar por dentro. Esas dos primeras partes casi han causado una crisis en mi vida, y ya nunca volveré a ser la misma persona. Finalmente, ese es el punto de la literatura, ¿no?

Lástima que la tercera parte viene a destruir todo lo que las primeras dos lograron. Mejor hubiera sido dejar esa tercera parte para una nove...more
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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...more
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