A Book of Memories by Péter Nádas

By Péter Nádas

First released in Hungary in 1986 after a five-year conflict with censors, Péter Nádas's A publication of thoughts is a latest vintage, a multi-layered narrative that tells 3 parallel tales of affection and betrayal. the 1st occurs in East Berlin within the Seventies and contours an unnamed Hungarian author ensnared in a love triangle with a tender German and a recognized getting older actress. the second one, composed through the author, is the tale of a overdue 19th century German aesthete whose studies reflect his personal. And the 3rd voice is that of a chum from the writer's formative years, who brings his personal unforeseen bearing to the tale. in comparison by means of critics to Proust, Mann, and Joyce, this sensuous travel de strength is "unquestionably a masterpiece"

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Francesca assumed the stones to be garnets. Francesca allowed her gaze to move up Miss Neville's still form—she had a very fine figure, a small waist and a voluptuous bosom—and finally to her neck. She saw marks that were turning black-and-blue upon her throat, both on the front of her neck and on the back. Whoever had done this, he had been a strong man, probably with large hands. Her gaze moved higher. Miss Neville's hair was a pretty, bright chestnut, although severely drawn back into a chignon.

She felt certain that his knuckles were white. "You make this very difficult," he finally said. "I do not deserve such loyalty. Francesca, I have been thinking about you all night, even with the new murder on our hands. " His words somehow hurt. They signaled the end of romance and the beginning of a new road that they must somehow travel. She was very, very grateful that they had not consummated their love before Leigh Anne's arrival in the city—and his control had been far greater than her own.

Francesca did not find the landscape at all impressive, although it was well executed. " Joel asked bluntly. " "She was strangled," Bragg said. Francesca inhaled, rather dreading the evaluation she must make of the victim. " "I would think so. I doubt another woman could have strangled her. " Francesca nodded grimly. Miss Neville would wait another moment, as she was hardly going anywhere. Francesca turned to stare at one of the room's paint-splashed walls. For upon it, not far from the upright watercolor, amid the splatters of dark paint, was a single letter, hastily painted there in black.

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