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Spare action seuences pass in a flurry of words and the reader may miss them if she blinksAnd while there is not a plotline that demands the reader s attention this is a very intense book and demands unflagging attention for other reasons Foremost among these reasons is its structure which resembles most closely that of David Foster Wallace s Infinite Jest Like Infinite Jest Parallel Stories is a fractured neurotic and erudite behemoth and for these ualities each will attract readers of the other As Wallace s reader must continually replace erself in shifting time and space so it also goes within this volume The story vacillates between Budapest to Berlin and jumps in temporal space from the interwar period to the late twentieth century And it does this without warning sometimes within the same paragraph At the beginning of each chapter the reader must diligently investigate where and when she as been placed a uestion which cannot always be answered straightawayThese are not its only challenging or peculiar characteristics Like Cormac McCarthy N das neglects certain punctuation particularly uotation marks Thus each sentence becomes a game of who is speaking now the narrator or a character which can be frustrating or delightful depending on the reader this reader finds it delightful The title Parallel Stories is something of a misnomer Lines or stories for that matter that are parallel are ones that run side by side in either direction infinitely that never intersect with each other The stories and subplots and characters of this book do nothing if they don t intersect with each other They interweave to form an exceedingly intricate tapestry depicting Eastern Europe in the twentieth century One of the major joys of this book is to see a character resurrected from the text after 700 or pages of absence in a context with one of the other characters the reader as come to know intimatelyIntimate is one of this book s buzzwords It is to N das s credit that Me Write Book he can make such auge book feel so intimate He does this with Cosmological Enigmas his masterful use of the third person subjective narrative with focal characters constantly changing And there are a lot of characters the reader is introduced to and made friendly with as a rough count there are at least thirty four significant characters Thirty four characters that seem unmistakably real no less with all the foibles and eccentricities of real people We are made privy to the innermost thoughts of these characters as well as their most intimate physical moments something that N das is obsessed with There is a sexual encounter that lasts for than 100 pages for instance that goes into excruciating detail both of the physical act and the thoughts of its participantsThis neurotic focus on detail may wear on the reader but the persistent is sure to find Parallel Stories an incredibly rewarding book It is surely a candidate for the future canon one that if it can find its appropriate readers will not be forgotten anytime soon REVIEW published in The National November 4th 2011Henry James famously referred to the spate of unwieldy enormous world engulfing 19th century novels that once flooded the literary world and Tolstoy s War and Peace specifically as loose baggy monsters Such monsters are now pretty much a genre Perhaps it s simply that word monster but what critic can resist giving the giant novel that kind of label And let s face it books featuringundreds of characters suirrelly plot lines or no discernible plot lines at all can be threatening If the 19th century gave us this species the 20th century literary canon was arguably ruled by such beasts Joyce Gad I like big books The breadth of the story the intricate plots and characters and even the sheer physical size of the book are all daunting But it s the challenge I love Truth be told I majored in English because I wanted to be able to really read Gravity s Rainbow I still can t House of Leaves Underworld Wings of the Dove Infinite Jest and my all time favorite The Recognitions were not easy reads and many times I slammed the books shut frustrated confused and completely lost not even aware what was At Hells Gate happening orad Never Goodbye (Albany Boys, happened in the lastundred pagesParallel Stories may be the book to beat them all The actual book is 1100 pages but on my iPad it reads to 1556 pages with endnotes I m 500 pages into it and so far with the slew of characters that may or may not be related and time shifts dream seuences and flashbacks I am utterly lost The book s setting is communist Hungary between 1937 and the fall of the Berlin Wall It tells the tale of two familes one Hungarian the other German and their interactions and stories during that time It is an incredibly ambitious book that took Nadas 18 years to write It is gruesome orrific disturbing Philosophical with a capital P and sexualOne critic says that it feels as if the reader s ead is shoved into the author s crotch At least it feels that way for nearly 150 pages in a sex scene described in vivid nightmarish detail In one dream seuence a pathetic character dreams of Hunted by Herne (Otherkind Kink: Horned Gods, him murdering an old man and awakens to realizee Lady Lorena’s Spinster’s Society has shitimself Nadas does not fail us in describing the detail of the man s shitBut I can t stop reading There is something about the book that draws me to it I think it s because I ve never read such a book The stories are seemingly unrelented but they ave a point to each one individually which may contribute to the entire story or not I m willing to find out if they do but I believe that if they don t that is Nadas point History connects us and it disconnects us My story your story their story might criss cross and might not That might be why we keep living And that is why I will keep readin. Circumstances of their lives may vary greatly their sexual and spiritual longings may seem to each of them entirely uniue yet Péter Nádas’s magnificent tapestry unveils uncanny reverberating parallels that link them across time and spaceThis is Péter Nádas’s masterpiece eighteen years in the writing a sensation in Hungary even before it was published and almost four years in the translating Parallel Stories is the first foreign translation of this daring demanding and momentous novel and it confirms for an even larger audience what Hungary already knows that it is the author’s greatest work.
Se yes the book s chronology is fragmented and scattered but really that s not particularly inventive or difficult you write 6 small novels and shuffle the chapters like a d What you get with N das is a candid unrestrained portrayal of the seedier aspects of life His depictions are not glamorous He is obsessed with bodily functions and with the mechanics of sex The fluids the friction and all the nasty odours and secretions are described in sensory detail He as a particular penchant for describing the attributes of the foreskin its present position as being either relaxed or painfully retracted behind the bulb its state of cleanliness its odour the colour and composition of t For a detailed review of Parallel Stories I ll insist that you read Tod s review P.S. Im Pregnant here on Goodreads and Scott Esposito s wonderful review and one with which I agree wholeheartedly in the Barnes Noble ReviewN dasas certainly written a monumental exploration of time Tigress for Two (Alaskan Tigers, history belonging estrangement andow the personal and the political affect individuals and their relationships with others Roughly speaking Parallel Stories centralizes the Lippy Lehr and the Dohring families exploring main members of each family their lovers and distant relations their friends and even the friends of their friends While such a project especially one of this length could easily Cult Science Fiction Films have been labeled a group of short stories with ABSURDLY LONG NOVELS MY 2016 PROJECTYou can telp but notice that some novels are stupefyingly long so long that they put you right off This one is 1133 pages Really I mean who are they kidding If you come to that part of your life when you Crime and Punishment have the time for such a novel you will probably no longerave enough bodily strength to pick it up A robot or a nurse will Sailor Moon Episode Lists have toelp This kind of annoyed me Because I thought wait Someone uite a few someones thought that this novel Attentions Throbbing had to be this long it couldn t be any shorter The author yes bute also managed to convince Dark Reflections (Dark Reflections, his agent and editor and publisher at the very least All fairly serious people not the type who d sayeh let s just publish a 1133 page novel which no one will read for the sheer fun of it What a laughSo this made me think that I am missing what might be some great books just because they are insanely long I therefore conceived a cunning plan I would choose ten of these behemoths and I would read one Spinetinglers Anthology 2008 hundred pages and if I wasn tooked I would say faugh upon you you bloated wedge of wood pulp begone to Oxfam and to the author I would say May the lamb of God stir Angélique à Québec (Angelique: Original version hisoof through the roof of Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Obesity heaven and kick you in the arse down toell May you The Doughboys have the runs on your wedding night and may you be imprisoned in a library containing only Dan Brown novels and railway timetables from 1931 So then I checked on a well known online book retailer s site and found to my great surprise that many of these vast novels were being sold at amazing bargain prices like a uid or two uid On reflection this did not bode well but shoving aside any trepidations Iave been buying these tomes like a one armed sailor on a three day pass The postman 魔法使いの涙 [Mahou Tsukai no Namida] has probably muttered the Lamb of God curse at me several times come to think of it Anyway Parallel Stories is Experimental Long Novel Number One We shall see what we shall see The flammableuman colloid gathered in the ditches fat and marrow arranged in fine layers according to their relative density the religion teach or the retired banker watched as fires burst to life with fat and flames flaring up from the depthsThis particular scene is not indicative of the spiralling core of Parallel Stories The novel s soul is of a softer vice one suggestive dispiriting and often spermyThe action occurs largely in Budapest and Berlin though other destinations in Hungary and Germany are featured There are three timelines 1 both before and during the Second World War 2 1956 and 3 1989 The prose floats from scene to scene often returning to an earlier situation but from a different perspective gradually something else occurs Associations are made Narratives are linked Accounts unravel and are dispelled Sins are not confessed Doubts linger A Cubist gestalt doesn t uite triumph but a sense making to paraphrase Herr H stains as it signifiesI read most of this while in Berlin most of which over a single weekend as I was recovering from a classic case of cobble Futurity hobbled knee I was asked about the book by my mother in law She asked with a smile Iad just read an account of a shadowy orgy in a filthy public restroom I sensed she KNEW I blushed and felt dirty There are a Ouija in Suburbia host of disorders swimming through the protagonists Despite the grotesue trappings none of those afflcited appeared contrived nor entirely foreign P ter N dasas a penned an ugly work one which may be one of the most important novels of the last 20 years Vital StatisticsNumber of pages 1133Length of audio version 1 day 18 Reclaiming Authentic Fundamentalism hours 48 minutesWeight ofardcover edition 33 poundsNumber of significant characters 34Longest chapter title Through the Entrance to His Secret LifeNumber of instances of the word foreskin 34Number of instances of the word Nazi 25Words most commonly appearing in context with frenum taut sensitive tornLevel of necessity to construct an ongoing dramatis personae utmostLink to a great article about this book World Literature TodayMany readers may find this book rather bloated as it is than a thousand pages long but lacks a plotline even remotely related to that of the latest bestselling thriller Plot is not a reason to read this book What N das does best is to draw out moments to an extreme degree A few seconds inside the mind of a character may take up the space of five large and dense pages Inversely the few. Decades; and András Rott who as is own dark record of mysterious activities abroad The web of extended and interconnected dramas reaches from 1989 back to the spring of 1939 when Europe trembled on the edge of war and extends to the bestial times of 1944–45 when Budapest was besieged the Final Solution devastated Hungary’s Jews and the war came to an end and on to the cataclysmic Hungarian Revolution of October 1956 We follow these men from Berlin and Moscow to Switzerland and Holland from the Mediterranean to the North Sea and of course from village to city in Hungary The social and political.
My first experiment with absurdly long novels ends in abject failure I crawl away into a corner mumbling and drooling Okay you Caz Sanatı have to say that the central of Europe in the 20th Century was no cakewalk in the park on a lovely spring day with friendly poodles and ickle girls in pinafore dresses turningandsprings and bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover tweeting oh what a beautiful morning Corrupt aristocracies were replaced by fascism which was replaced by Stalinism So we get miseryfests like The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell 984 pages Krzysztof Kieslowski s ten Desire Sensibility hour Dekalog and this 1100 page beast of which I could not even manage 120 pages Other GR reviewers sound ominous notes in their excellent and recommended reviews Christopher Plot is not a reason to read this book What N das does best is to draw out moments to an extreme degree A few seconds inside the mind of a character may take up the space of five large and dense pages Inversely the few spare action seuences pass in a flurry of words and the reader may miss them if she blinksJosh I m 500 pages into it and so far with the slew of characters that may or may not be related and time shifts dream seuences and flashbacks I am utterly lostUh 4520 Just completed my fourth full reading in less than a decade I suppose I m than a little obsessed with this book and in fact think it s the greatest work of literature ever composed Next time I will read in the original MagyarI m firmly convinced Mr Nadas is the greatest living novelist in the western world This book is like really intense I first read it when it came out in 11 and then stopped reading novels for the next year or so Everything else seemed sort of inadeuate Petty insignificant Peace time Relative prosperity and comfort A cultured womanas to run to the toilet with a bad case of diarrhea all the while trying to keep up bourgeois appearances the discomfort in er body brings er back to that time she was riding in a cattle car to Treblinka and everyone lost control of their bowels Scenes like this The Faerie Godmothers Apprentice Wore Green happen over and over for than 1000 pages There are dozens and dozens of characters and every single one of themas to fart scratch The Sorcerer of the North (Rangers Apprentice his ball leak menstrual fluid or some such variation Then as often as not something really terribleappens Trauma is Practicing History held in the body that s whereistory takes place This might not sound all that appealing to a lot of readers And indeed back in 11 a lot of the reviews were not favorable I particularly remember one in the UK Guardian where the critic just seemed PISSED at aving to endure this To some degree I guess I can sympathize I mean if you were assigned to read it for your job if you d been compelled I can see that it might not be much fun I d recommend first trying A Book of Memories Nadas s earlier novel It s about 30% shorter and far tender romantic even The narrator is constantly trying to escape istory looking for refuge in the warmth of others bodies and occasionally finding it In Parallel Stories this doesn t ever seem to be a real possibility History is inescapable and we re all of us trapped in our own bodies A totally uncompromising vision of evil not like anything else in literature Surely Nadas towers far above all contemporaries A teenage boy contemplating suicide soon after Some Thing Black havingad McClellans Other Story his first sexual experience with men a lot of men it soappensHe was taking with Cant You Make Them Behave, King George? him the taste and smell of strange men s lips gums teeth saliva and cockser cherished this as Leonardo da Vinci he didis own imminent death for which e ad to take only a few possibly painful steps He will take everything with Introduction to the Spiritist Philosophy him pp 626 Even than Jean Genet perhaps N das is the ultimate writer of transistoric faggotry No one will ever write better or accurate scenes of gay cruising than the ones found in this book This makes it all the remarkable that Play Me, Im Yours he s able to create such compelling fully embodied woman characterspossibly I m exaggerating the bleakness a little a whole long section almost resembles a nouvelle vague film oh Krist f my north star am I getting too old to still romanticize walking away61816 actually already 619ere in les Cer Third reading I remain in awe perplexed shaken N das is my favorite writer I think Parallel Stories and Book of Memories are eually great but BoM is definitely easier to love I d say I Health at Every Size have of a tumultuous relationship with PS Stuck in my craw I couldn t give it up if I wanted to As the doctor in Nightwood says of Nora and Robin though they may sleep in separate graves one dog will unbury them bothSilence is what awakensim In a book of around The Kings Witch (Frances Gorges Trilogy half a million words the author finallyas to bow before the unspeakable A novel this violent and sexually explicit yet in the end it simply can t be represented or described The point at which parallel line meet is infinity Simone Weil Gravity and GraceN das appears to be no Euclidean These stories do not follow the civilized rules of classical geometry And the modern Enlightenment fares little better in these pages The meaning of so many things in this world is simply incomprehensible and very little can be comprehended with the Polvere alla polvere help of knowledge pp 284Encyclopedic in scope not for nothingas it been compared to War Peace The reader might also be reminded of Underworld or 2666 At the same time for all the different scenes and characters the books possesses an intensely focused relentless uality N das is Wyoming Triple Heat happy to make use of allis research and erudition but that s not the point Over and over An Imperfect Spy (A Kate Fansler Mystery he pursues darkness obscurity unknowing I m setting this one aside for now Gave it 150 pages but I see no reason to continue on for another thousand It s an utterly bleakumorless 19th century style Realist novel told in fairly conventional pro. In 1989 the year the Wall came down a university student in Berlin on Trial Run / Whip Hand / Twice Shy his morning run finds a corpse on a park bench and alerts the authorities This scene opens a novel of extraordinary scope and depth a masterwork that traces the fate of myriad Europeans Hungarians Jews Germans Gypsies across the treacherous years of the mid twentieth centuryThree unusual men are at theeart of Parallel Stories Hans von Wolkenstein whose German mother is linked to secrets of fascist Nazi collaboration during the 1940s; Ágost Lippay Lehr whose influential father as served Hungary’s different political regimes for.
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Hungarian novelist essayist and dramatist a major central European literary figure Nádas made his international breakthrough with the monumental novel A Book of Memories 1986 a psychological novel following the tradition of Proust Thomas Mann and magic realism Péter Nádas was born in Budapest as the son of a high ranking party functionary Nádas's grandfather Moritz Grünfeld changed h