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The Rebels

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It is May 1918, war is sweeping Europe, and a group of boys await graduation in their near-deserted town. Drawn close by an unspoken fear of leaving home to fight, they retreat into a clandestine world of codes, hideaways and fierce invention - until one day a stranger enters their lives and their secret is exposed.

From the great Hungarian author of "Embers," "The Rebels"
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Paperback, 278 pages
Published November 7th 2008 by Picador USA (first published 1930)
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Jim Fonseca
This is an early work (1930) by this Hungarian author. A group of five young men are rebelling against school, against their fathers and against their upcoming draft into the fighting for WW I. Their fathers are a mixed bag; one is ultra-religious and beats his sons; another is obsequious to those above him socially; one is a colonel; younger fathers are away in the military but older ones are at home. All the boys are ready to be drafted as this is their last year of school.

The boys rebel by f
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Tony
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Simona
Jun 14, 2016 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
Mar 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Armin Hennig
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-european
Faszinierendes Kleinstadtpanorama aus der Endzeit der k.u.k.-Monarchie

90/100 also viereinhalb Sterne, aber zweifelsohne ein Meisterwerk der frühen Dreißiger über jugendliches Unglück, das den Vergleich mit Robert Musils Törless, Franz Werfels Abituriententag, aber auch mit den Ostjudentumwerken von Joseph Roth nicht zu scheuen braucht. Der Vergleich mit den genannten Literaturgrößen, zu denen man auch den Stefan Zweig der Welt von Gestern heran ziehen könnte, ist aber keineswegs als Gottesläster
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Briynne
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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Natacha Martins
Apr 26, 2014 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
Sep 21, 2013 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 l ...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
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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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