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A castle at the foot of the Carpathian mountains in the 1930s. Two men, inseparable in their youth, meet for the first time in forty-one years. They have spent their lives waiting for this moment.
Four decades earlier a murky, traumatic event - something to do with a betrayal, and a woman - led to their sudden separation. Now, as their lives draw to a close, the devastating truth about that moment will be revealed.
EMBERS is a masterpiece - an unforgettable story of passion, fidelity, truth and deception.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 20.32mm | 158.76g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141004312
  • 9780141004310
  • 44,572

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Two men who have not seen each other for over 40 years sit down to a final meal together in a forgotten castle at the foot of the Carpathia mountains. The last time they met - in the company of a beautiful woman - an unspoken act of betrayal left all three lives shattered.
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About Sandor Marai

Sandor Marai was born in Hungary in 1900 and by 1930 was one of Hungary's leading novelists. Driven into exile in 1948 when the Communists came to power and banned his books, he lived first in Italy and then in America. He committed suicide in 1989.
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11,496 ratings
3.92 out of 5 stars
5 33% (3,810)
4 36% (4,178)
3 22% (2,516)
2 7% (782)
1 2% (210)

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<p>Prolific Hungarian novelist (with more than sixty books under his belt) Sandor Morai finally achieved his English-language breakthrough with the excellent, reading-group favourite <a href="http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/WEBSITE/WWW/WEBPAGES/showbook.php?id=0141004312">Embers</a>. Whilst not his first book to be translated (that honour goes to the relatively unknown <a href="http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/WEBSITE/WWW/WEBPAGES/showbook.php?id=9639241105">Memoir of Hungary</a>) it was the first of his novels to see the light of day in English. And the translation, by Carol Brown Janeway (who translated Bernhard Schlink's international literary best-seller <a href="http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/WEBSITE/WWW/WEBPAGES/showbook.php?id=0753804700">The Reader</a>), is always sure-footed, with only the occassional infelicity, and to be warmly welcomed.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/WEBSITE/WWW/WEBPAGES/showbook.php?id=0141004312">Embers</a> tells the tale of two friends who meet, in the 1930s, after forty-one years of embittered silence, in a castle at the foot of the Carpathian mountains. Here the two discuss the events that led up to their separation and enmity. Or rather they don't! Rather than a conversation the owner of the castle languidly lambasts his ex-friend over the course of a long night with a meandering�?� and beautifully written monologue�?� about their early life together and the questions that life apart has led him to ponder all these years. The event(s) that lead the two friends to split are only very slowly revealed and, for a novel of 'literary fiction', there is a real 'page-turner' quality to the novel. <a href="http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/WEBSITE/WWW/WEBPAGES/showbook.php?id=0141004312">Embers</a> is affecting and moving without being mawkish or sentimental: a real treat.</p>show more
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