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What is it to be in love with a pathological liar and fantasist? Esther is, and has been for more than twenty years. Lajos, the liar, married her sister, and when she died, Lajos disappeared. Or did he? And Esther? She was left with her elderly cousin, the all-knowing Nunu, and a worn old house, living a life of the most modest comforts. All is well, but all is tired.

Until a telegram arrives announcing that, after all these years, Lajos is returning with his children. The news brings both panic and excitement. While no longer young and thoroughly skeptical about Lajos and his lies, Esther still remembers how incredibly alive she felt when he was around. Lajos’s presence bewitches everyone, and the greatest part of his charm—and his danger—lies in the deftness with which he wields that delicate power. Nothing good can come of this: friends rally round, but Lajos’s arrival, complete with entourage, begins a day of high theater.

Esther’s Inheritance has the taut economy of Márai’s Embers, and presents a remarkable narrator who delivers the story as both tragedy and comedy on an intimate scale that nevertheless has archetypal power.

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What is it like to be in love with a pathological liar and fantasist? Esther is, and has been for more than 20 years. "Esther's Inheritance" presents a remarkable narrator who delivers a story as both tragedy and comedy.

Synopsis:

Anewly translated novel from the great rediscovered Hungarian writer: a tautly suspenseful story of unrequited love and its still vivid consequences twenty years later.

What is it to be in love with a pathological liar and fantasist? Esther is, and has been for the more than two decades since Lajos disappeared from her life. Now all these years later, Lajos is returning, and the news brings both panic and excitement. While no longer young and thoroughly skeptical about Lajos, Esther still remembers how incredibly alive she felt when he was around. His presence bewitches everyone, and the greatest part of his charm—and his danger—lies in the deftness with which he wields that delicate power. Friends rally round protectively, but Lajos’s arrival begins a day of high theater that will leave Esther’s life dramatically changed again.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307270436
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Translated by:
George Szirtes
Author:
Marai, Sandor
Author:
Márai, Sándor
Author:
Sndor Mrai
Author:
Szirtes, George
Author:
George Szirtes
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20081104
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
148

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

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Product details 148 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307270436 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , What is it like to be in love with a pathological liar and fantasist? Esther is, and has been for more than 20 years. "Esther's Inheritance" presents a remarkable narrator who delivers a story as both tragedy and comedy.
"Synopsis" by , Anewly translated novel from the great rediscovered Hungarian writer: a tautly suspenseful story of unrequited love and its still vivid consequences twenty years later.

What is it to be in love with a pathological liar and fantasist? Esther is, and has been for the more than two decades since Lajos disappeared from her life. Now all these years later, Lajos is returning, and the news brings both panic and excitement. While no longer young and thoroughly skeptical about Lajos, Esther still remembers how incredibly alive she felt when he was around. His presence bewitches everyone, and the greatest part of his charm—and his danger—lies in the deftness with which he wields that delicate power. Friends rally round protectively, but Lajos’s arrival begins a day of high theater that will leave Esther’s life dramatically changed again.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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