Katalin Street - Magda Szabo

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Three Hungarian families live in a charmed world before World War II.  Then after the war, the childhood relationships between Balint, Iren and Blanka alter and inform who they become. They are also periodically visited and companioned by the ghost of little Henriette, killed during the German occupation. This harrowing but deeply engaging novel poses difficult questions about betrayal and human weakness and why we often love most fiercely those who least deserve it. When reading Szabo’s flawless prose, it’s easy to forget we read her in translation. That’s down to the skill and sensitivity of translator Len Rix. 

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By Magda Szabo, Len Rix (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781681371528
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Published: NYRB Classics - September 12th, 2017

Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling with D.H. Lawrence - Geoff Dyer

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Geoff Dyer always dreamed of writing a definitive study of  D.H. Lawrence. But doing research felt like putting off writing, and he couldn’t write without doing sufficient research.  As Dyer endlessly circles his subject, procrastinates, dithers about, and goes off on red herrings, he takes his readers along for a ride, and the result is hilarious. In the end, he produces a marvelous portrait of Lawrence as well as a book on the agonies of writing. If you’re a serious reader and have put off reading it, take it with you to the beach this summer.
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ISBN: 9780312429461
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Published: Picador - November 10th, 2009

This Close To Happy - Daphne Merkin

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Many of us experience depression as a mood of joylessness, disconnection and boredom, which eventually passes. But what Daphne Merkin describes here is more akin to a permanent state of despair. From early childhood she experienced crying jags, feelings of abandonment and emotional impoverishment. She was later institutionalized. Many questions emerge. Why did her parents have so many children, when they clearly had little time for them? Why were the children put into the care of such a sadistic nanny? And where does depression take root in the psyche? This memoir is insightful, intelligent and ruthlessly honest.