By (author) Attila Bartis


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"Tranquility is a moving, emotionally complex, subtle, shocking novel ..."--"Los Angeles Times""Tranquility," the acclaimed third novel by Hungarian Attila Bartis, is simultaneously a private psychodrama and a portrait of the end of the Communist era. Reading it, "we arrive at ourselves, at our own obsessions, in our own silence," writes Ilma Rakusa. A thirty-six-year-old writer struggles to escape his hellish, Oedipal inter dependency with his actress mother as Hungary's Communist infrastructure collapses around him. One of the most psychologically dark and ironic novels to have emerged from contemporary Hungarian literature, it is also, as far as human psychology and political farce are concerned, one of the most illuminating.Attila Bartis has been hailed by Hungarian readers as a maverick, unorthodox, and highly inventive postmodern writer. "Tranquility "is his first novel to appear in English.Imre Goldstein has translated dozens of books and plays from the Hungarian. He is currently translating a three-volume novel by Peter Nadas.

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  • Paperback | 292 pages
  • 157.48 x 182.88 x 22.86mm | 385.55g
  • 04 Mar 2010
  • New York
  • English
  • 0980033004
  • 9780980033007
  • 358,747

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Bartis's first novel A seta (1991) won the Moricz Zsigmond Scholarship. His works include the short story collection A kekl_ para (1995), the novel A nyugalom (2001), and a series of literary essays entitled Lazarus's Apocrypha (2001). Bartis has lived in Budapest since 1984. After the 1956 revolution in Hungary, Imre Goldstein escaped to the United States where he earned a Ph.D. in Theater. Since 1974, he has been living in Israel. He has translated dozens of books and plays from the Hungarian. Currently, he is translating a three-volume novel by Peter Nadas.

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Reading like the bastard child of Thomas Bernhard and Elfriede Jelinek, Tranquility is political and personal suffering distilled perfectly and transformed into dark, viscid beauty. It is among the most haunted, most honest, and most human novels I have ever read. --Brian Evenson A venerable--even Endgame-ish--addition to the literature of unhappy families. --Rivka Galchen With impressive force of language, Bartis succeeds in laying bare the ambivalences of his characters, their love-hate relationships and self destructive energies . . . The play that mother and son perform . . . is part Strindberg and part Chekhov, but mostly sheer Beckett or even pure theater of cruelty." --Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung " Oddly beautiful and unsettling, the novel boldly illustrates the lengths people go to in securing their own private hells. "--Publishers Weekly" (Starred Review)

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