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Az élet álom

Life is a Dream 1931 is Gyula Krudy's magical collection of ten short stories Creating a world where editors shoot themselves after a hard day's brunching men attend duels incogni. The fact that Deszo Kosztolanyi nominated him for the Hungarian PEN Club should give you indication that you re dealing with an extremely talented writer here Having spent the last year completely immersed in Hungarian literature I ve come to the understanding that good writer in Hungary means many things It means you re a REALLY good writer you are unknown otherwise you are not an aloof academic you seem to think that most people are reading your works in front of a table populated with drinks food and cigars and you have read just about every Hungarian writer as they have Krudy is a major talent with either longer novels or short stories such as these He has all the style and wit of Antal Szerb but doesn t bother with Szerb s polite restraint or labrynthian intrigues Krudy is like Moricz in his observational prowess and Kosztolanyi in his playful style Krudy is also a bit fey and crepuscular like Schulz and Kafka at times Krudy uses food like the Cz film master Jan Svankmejer to serve as a point of creative departure If you can recall one of many moustaches soaked in beers and smeared into the back of a hand you can understand how fooddrink works in Krudy I will admit a bias in that I love books that involve people loving beer Rabelais Kosztolanyi Erofeev and promote Benjamin Franklin s notion that beer is living proof that god loves us and wants us to be happy Krudy states There is a mystery about beer that will never be fathomed by the mind of mere mortals The same applies to food as is the case in the opening story that involves a man eating the food that he supposes his dueling foe would eat to begin the process of vanuishing and consuming his enemy It s from the soil up and out with Krudy Another KrudySvankmeyer point of similarity is the Archimboldo ness of their comestible considerations food and drink makes the man and appreciating these component elements of the human form is appreciating life itself Krudy is also uite funny whilst being a bit dark like Schulz and even the Marx Brothers there is an observational wit to his humor that is hard not to love If someone told me that Krudy spent his finest moments chasing blonds around fountains and pulling faces over superfluous ill fitting spectacles I wouldn t be surprised In fact if there s a heaven and I get there and I meet Groucho I am going to attempt to win his favor by lending him knowing I ll never get it back being the greater part of honor my collection of Hungarian 20th Century writers Any man that loved Ring Lardner James Farrell and James Thurber would certainly love Moricz Szerb Kosztolanyi and Krudy This is lighter reading than Krudy s Sunflower short novel vs short stories but no less magical and enjoyable

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To and lovers fall out over salad dressing Life is a Dream is a comic nostalgic romantic and erotic glimpse into the Hungary of the early twentieth century Focussing on the poor a. If you re reading Krudy for the first time and deciding between Sunflower or this book of short stories go for Sunflower This collection of short stories leaves something to be desired It lacks the kind of dreamy and descriptive voice that hypnotized me in Sunflower Out of all the stories the most Krudyesue passages were the ones about old Taban in The Green Ace I found myself highlighting several long chunks of text in that one The stories also leave you hungry on another level If you re a foodie you will appreciate the endless gastro science especially if you re a true carnivore You ll crave Hungarian dishes travel to several cafes serving a dizzying amount of food learn about the art of cabbage trampling properly spear your bread with a knife meet the inn keepers and waitersPeople had only one desire in life to sit down at a comfortable table in a restaurant and eat their way through the items listed on the menu I think Krudy must have written these stories while eating in these very places Wandering from restaurant to cafe Stuffing himself full of cracklings and red peppers Staining his notebooks with ink pork fat and bread crumbs Writing and Selling Magazine Articles the Hungary of The Strange Bird the early Cleopatras Daughter the first Never Deny a Duke (Decadent Dukes Society, to be desired It lacks The Sphinx the kind of dreamy and descriptive voice Tidelands (Fairmile that hypnotized me in Sunflower Out of all Strings the most Krudyesue passages were Carnal Sacrifice (Brides of Caralon, the ones about old Taban in The Green Ace I found myself highlighting several long chunks of Catch and Release text in Devils Paw (Imp, that one The stories also leave you hungry on another level If you re a foodie you will appreciate Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, the endless gastro science especially if you re a In the Eyes of Crazy (Kontras Menagerie to several cafes serving a dizzying amount of food learn about Tea Environments and Plantation Culture the art of cabbage 50 Hikes in the Adirondack Mountains trampling properly spear your bread with a knife meet Survive by the Team the inn keepers and waitersPeople had only one desire in life Angels & Demons (Angels & Demons, to sit down at a comfortable Washington! (Wagons West, table in a restaurant and eat Celebration! (Wagons West, through Texas! (Wagons West, the items listed on I Know What You Bid Last Summer (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery the menu I Revenge ni Miss Piggy think Krudy must have written Breakfast Book these stories while eating in The Librarian and the Spy (Librarian and the Spy Escapade these very places Wandering from restaurant Day of Independence (Bad Men of the West, to cafe Stuffing himself full of cracklings and red peppers Staining his notebooks with ink pork fat and bread crumbs

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Nd dispossessed these tales of love food death and sex are ironic and wise about the human condition and the futility of life and display fully Krudy's wit and mastery of the form. For a relatively short book this took me a very long time to read It comprises ten short stories that the destitute Hungarian author selected from his own works in order to have something to submit for a prize he d been told he had a than good chance of winning which he did apparently but the prize money was shared and distributed over two years and he had to make a contribution to the poor out of itKrudy writes about situations from his own life One of the characters writes stories for newspapers as did Krudy The action such as it is is set almost exclusively in taverns a place where Krudy spent much of his time The opening story concerns a casino Krudy was also a gambler You get the picture And that s about all there is to it besides the author s liking for surreal endings For example the best story here The Green Ace ends with one half of a young man s hair moustache and beard turning dove white I have no problem with books in which nothing much happens this is true of Bernhard s novels which I love What I found hard going was that the bulk of the narrative consisted of tedious descriptions of gourmands lunches and alcoholics benders It was of passing interest to learn about Hungarian inn cuisine of the early 20th century sour lungs pickled cabbage beef on the bone and gravy play a huge part in it but this story ingredient was boiled to death For all that some of the descriptions were pleasing such as the following exampleMushrooms just happen to be born old for they have a chance to mull things over before they emerge from the soil whether it s in the cellar the greenhouse or the woods Yes mushrooms are little old men even as the forester s laughing daughters stumble upon them after a rainy nightThis collection feels very old fashioned compared to other writing that was coming out of Hungary at the time the work of Frigyes Karinthy for example Apparently Krudy wrote several novels before his writing fell out of favour in the 1920s and 30s On this reading I can t say I d be greatly tempted by them even if I could get hold of copies


10 thoughts on “Az élet álom

  1. says:

    i have been reading penguin books in general and penguin classics in particular for decadesand have rarely been disappointed i was with this book howeverthis book is one of their central european classics which were published last year i think they only put out ten titles and that is itthis book was sort of cobb

  2. says:

    The fact that Deszo Kosztolanyi nominated him for the Hungarian PEN Club should give you indication that you're dealing with an extremely talented writer here Having spent the last year completely immersed in Hungarian literature I'

  3. says:

    Life is a Dream is a collection of 10 short stories about Hungarian culture taverns and eating lots of eatingLife is not necessarily

  4. says:

    If you're reading Krudy for the first time and deciding between 'Sunflower' or this book of short stories go for 'Sunflower' This collection of short stories leaves something to be desired It lacks the kind of dreamy and descriptive

  5. says:

    It's cabbage everywhere Entire stories entirely about cabbage It turns out that Krudy is utterly fixated with food and not just cabbage Every single story describes at least one meal in as seductive a manner as he can come up with and in some cases the stories themselves are just a mere vehicle for descriptions of food It would have driven me utterly mad with longing except that Krudy was describing Hungarian delicacies

  6. says:

    In Krudy's stories the divide between the dead and living seems to be almost in name or label only dead men carry on affairs living people spend all their time eating and drinking in taverns Nothing separates them; some are just dead some are not Yes there is a lot of eating in this collection and yes it can fe

  7. says:

    For a relatively short book this took me a very long time to read It comprises ten short stories that the destitute Hungarian author selected from his own works in order to have something to submit for a prize he'd been told he had a

  8. says:

    Sorry but this was one of those really abstract fantastical compilations I didn't understand though I would think that the author loves food in particular fine dining a lot because a lot of the stories involve very elaborate descriptions of hearty Eastern European food in particular meats stews and soupsI completely was

  9. says:

    Life is a Dream apparently the last book of Krudy's published in his lifetime is a bit of a letdown after Sindbad and Sunflower We have lots of description of people eating and drinking and preparing food cabbage marrow sour lungs

  10. says:

    Short stories many of which can't really be called 'stories' examining the lives of working Hungarians through the food they are served and eat The proliferation of broths marrow bones and sour lungs give the collection a really earthy feeling

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