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A Book of Memories by Péter Nádas

A Book of Memories (1986)

by Péter Nádas

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A psychological novel that is a coming-to-terms with the ghosts, corpses and repressed nightmares of Europe's recent past. It is made up of three first-person narratives integrated into a work of tragic intensity.
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L'aggancio non è riuscito se non a tratti, un passo qui, un passo là (rischi che Nadas, divertendosi a mettere in difficoltà il lettore, era ben conscio di correre).

Credo non sia da imputare solo a Nadas, alle sue continue, puntigliose digressioni, ai rimandi messi alla rinfusa per dare quel minimo di coesione (appigli indispensabili in un mare di 760 pagine). Sicuramente non era il momento giusto per me, l'alchimia non si è creata e forse avevo aspettative troppo alte (gli anobiiani sanno come vanno queste cose).

Paragonare Nadas a Joyce, a Proust o a Musil si può fare, per carità. Ma a me, dopo aver portato a termine la lettura di questo Libro di memorie, sembra comunque eccessivo. Non basta mica imbastire paragrafi superiori alle 15 righe e infarcirli di elucubrazioni in bello stile! ( )
  downisthenewup | Aug 17, 2017 |
Absolutely incredible novel. ( )
  David_Cain | Jul 15, 2012 |
good, a bit tedious at time
  pjpjx | Oct 25, 2010 |
I really didn't enjoy this it was difficult and lacked flow, it also seemed to lack direction ( )
  trinibaby9 | Nov 24, 2009 |
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Had I not been reviewing it, there is no stage at which I would not have stopped reading A Book of Memories. I ached not to read it. I would have stopped happily after one page, after five pages, after a hundred and five, after seven hundred and five. My marginalia grew more and more virulently obscene, before finally drying up altogether as I lapsed into apathy. For four weeks I put myself through it; I’ve never felt such a sense of waste when finishing a book. And then, for another four weeks, I was unable to contemplate the idea of writing about it.

It’s hard to say what makes it so prodigiously unsatisfactory: length, long-windedness, evasiveness, over-structuring, mediocre expression, absence of humour, absence of voice, smugness and preachiness, the persistent withholding of such ordinary amenities as names and ages and settings and incidents, a dully and vauntingly cerebral book about bodies (how disgusted D.H. Lawrence would have been with it!), racking up more and more about less and less, semi-colons adrift in bloated and fussy prose. It is a book about sexual disloyalty or sexual distraction, written without heart and, barring two short scenes that are like a dentist’s dream of pornography (‘can swab and scrub the tight yet slippery cave of the vagina’), without sex, as portentousness and delay and sheer dropsy get in ahead of lubriciousness.
added by aileverte | editLondon Review of Books, Michael Hofmann (pay site) (Aug 21, 1997)

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Goldstein, ImreTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Janssen, JacquesDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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