10 thoughts on “Anna Édes

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    Podse a me na Zolu i Balzaka Pri a od pre jednog veka Nekako mi je vi e obe avala Sve je nekako jasno a i nije jasno udan ose aj na kraju Dobar prevod Marije Tot Ignjatovi Kod nas je objavila Laguna


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    Siamo all indomani della fuga di Bela Kun, in un Ungheria dilaniata dalla guerra e dalla disgregazione dell impero austro ungarico In un clima politico ancora incerto, la vita in un palazzo del quartiere Krizstina a Buda, riprende a poco a poco i suoi ritmi consueti, lasciando che la Storia continui fuori dalle finestre chiuse Problema principale della Illustrissima Vizy trovare la cameriera perfetta, preferibilmente asessuata, onesta, dedita esclusivamente al lavoro e con pochissime pretese Siamo all indomani della fuga di Bela Kun, in un Ungheria dilaniata dalla guerra e dalla disgregazione dell impero austro ungarico In un clima politico ancora incerto, la vita in un palazzo del quartiere Krizstina a Buda, riprende a poco a poco i suoi ritmi consueti, lasciando che la Storia continui fuori dalle finestre chiuse Problema principale della Illustrissima Vizy trovare la cameriera perfetta, preferibilmente asessuata, onesta, dedita esclusivamente al lavoro e con pochissime pretese.Cos Anna des le appare l incarnazione perfetta dei suoi desideri Gi il nome le sembra di buon auspicio Anna ripet la signora Vizy e trov simpatico questo nome femminile morbido e gentile, perch non aveva mai avuto sinora n una cameriera, n una parente con questo nome, cosa che l avrebbe turbata assolutamente Anna ripet il nome e la parola la tranquillizz , le cadeva addosso come qualcosa di bianco, come la manna Anna riservata, non parla e non sorride La casa torna al suo antico splendore e tutto procede al meglio La tensione esterna compensata dalla pace ritrovata dentro le mura dell appartamento Solo l arrivo del nipote degli Illustrissimi sembra smuovere qualcosa Ma solo un istante, un piccolo squarcio di gioia nella monotonia della routine Il giovane va via e si torna al grigiore di prima.Man mano che il racconto procede, Anna rimane un enigma Ne intuiamo la tristezza, ma come se adattandosi alla vita di casa Vizy abbia a poco a poco perso ogni tratto caratterizzante per diventare una perfetta macchina da lavoro.Poi, all improvviso, la svolta Un gesto definitivo che sembrerebbe estraneo alla natura di Anna, che nemmeno Anna sa spiegare e di cui l autore lascia in sospeso le motivazioni.La scrittura di Kosztol nyi scorrevole, lucida, feroce e ambigua, come la storia che racconta.Un autore da conoscere, una letteratura da approfondire Una scoperta di cui ringrazio nuovamente la casa editrice Anfora


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    Il romanzo ambientato nel primo dopoguerra nel 1919 a Budapest la storia di Anna des una giovanissima cameriera che viene assunta in una casa di una coppia di borghesi Viene accolta tra mille sospetti e finalmente con il suo essere pulita a livello di intenzioni conquista i due coniugi un romanzo che denuncia la cristallizzazione delle classi sociali Ad Anna chiesto solo di essere servizievole, onesta, affidabile e di tenere la casa pulita Non ha importanza se desidera una vita s Il romanzo ambientato nel primo dopoguerra nel 1919 a Budapest la storia di Anna des una giovanissima cameriera che viene assunta in una casa di una coppia di borghesi Viene accolta tra mille sospetti e finalmente con il suo essere pulita a livello di intenzioni conquista i due coniugi un romanzo che denuncia la cristallizzazione delle classi sociali Ad Anna chiesto solo di essere servizievole, onesta, affidabile e di tenere la casa pulita Non ha importanza se desidera una vita sua, una famiglia sua il suo unico compito quello di servire e riverire i coniugi Vizy Fino a quando non si ribellerr , inspiegabilmente, a questa sua condizione E lo far in modo da lasciare tutti senza parole.La storia mi ha richiamato alla memoria La porta di Magda Szab


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    Societies all over the world are broken into hierarchies and social classes This structure is well exemplified in a home with servants How does this relate to the bigger picture of government and politics Hungarian master author Deszo Kosztolanyi explores this topic in, Anna Edes.On the surface, Anne Edes is a novel following Mr and Mrs Vizy a bourgeois couple who seek out a new maid for their household Enter Anna Anna is the perfect maid, bringing not only cleanliness but also pea Societies all over the world are broken into hierarchies and social classes This structure is well exemplified in a home with servants How does this relate to the bigger picture of government and politics Hungarian master author Deszo Kosztolanyi explores this topic in, Anna Edes.On the surface, Anne Edes is a novel following Mr and Mrs Vizy a bourgeois couple who seek out a new maid for their household Enter Anna Anna is the perfect maid, bringing not only cleanliness but also peace to a home during the anxious time after World War I However, there is muchto the novel Anna Edes drips with symbolism, metaphors, and an exploration of government tactics, politics, socialism, communism, etc Although the novel is carried by simple enough characters the layers are numerous and detailed Anna Edes is the type of novel that a teacher or professor would assign his her students to dissect Even though Kosztolanyi doesn t follow the normal form of a story with an introduction of the characters, a story arc, a climax, and conclusion Anna Edes is still compelling The characters are comforting and familiar and yet nothing is foreshadowed Kosztolanyi is a genius at symbolic meanings and meshing together complexity with simplicity Anna Edes simply has that special something in the classical strain which results in a page turner.In line with this style, Kosztolanyi s text language is beautiful and classy but without being stiff and difficult to understand It also helps that Anna Edes contains some humorous moments breaking up the philosophy and resulting incomfort A negative for the general reader is the very strong Hungarian essence within the story In order for the plot and actions of the character to truly resonate it is best to be familiar with Hungarian culture or better yet to be Hungarian Therefore, Anna Edes may be slightly discriminating and not suited for a mass audience appeal note I am Hungarian but I can see where there would be issues on the pages for those who are not Anna Edes is told in an omnipresent voice but doesn t feel detached or lacking in detail As the story progresses, the narrator alternates between the viewpoints of each character with each having his her own qualities and freshness This is not something every author could get away with but Kosztolanyi succeeds Anna Edes is both entertaining and well written.The novel does becomestory like approximately half way through with acharacter study focus building to an unknown climax This quickens the pace and makes the novel evenreadable The symbolism remains, though, and the reader can continue to extract underlying lessons The climax of Anna Edes occurs at the end and is unexpected, creative, and well contrived with high energy but not being overly produced This climax is perfect to add to the novel and political satire The final pages of the novel include Kosztolanyi incorporating himself into the pages in order to briefly mention his own opinions of the political landscape This is slightly odd and somewhat choppy but is also understandable with the direction of Anna Edes Anna Edes is not for everyone as it is a satire and offers manifolds of symbolism versus a traditional story novel However, this is done gracefully and compellingly with ease The novel is certainly set in a specific time frame but can be applied to any culture during any period Although not Kosztolanyi s best work in my opinion Anna Edes is recommended for those readers interested in modern classic Eastern European literature which will make one think while reading


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    Maybe it s partly that, feeling out of touch with publishing options, I ve been researching contemporary writing and small presses, but this felt very dated to me Maybe it was bound to happen eventually, but as I read this I wondered, Am I wasting my time here Should I read something new Not so much as I ve said before to discover any new developments, but to get a broader idea of what literature can be at any one moment Because Kosztolanyi, let s face it, isn t pushing any boundaries J Maybe it s partly that, feeling out of touch with publishing options, I ve been researching contemporary writing and small presses, but this felt very dated to me Maybe it was bound to happen eventually, but as I read this I wondered, Am I wasting my time here Should I read something new Not so much as I ve said before to discover any new developments, but to get a broader idea of what literature can be at any one moment Because Kosztolanyi, let s face it, isn t pushing any boundaries Judging by this and Skylark he s a gifted, careful, understated mainstream author with easily digestible morals that, compared to a Dostoyevsky or a Hamsun, seem postively antiquated, not lacking humanity he has that but complexity Not that there s anything wrong with that, but why hunt it down when there s so many examples Is it just the aura of an unpronounceable name, of Budapest, of the twenties, of his low sales in English all of which says spuriously artist on the fringes I m having little luck with Hungarian authors so far Krudy s Sunflower, Kristof s The Notebook, Krasznahorkai s Melancholy of Resistance all 3 stars in my opinion Szerb s Journey by Moonlight, 2 Marai s Embers, 1 Orkeny s The Toth Family good but slight I can t yet bring myself to open Szabo s The Door And Kosztolanyi s The Bloody Poet may sit on my shelf indefinitely.Well executed Underwhelming


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    o dell annientamento di una vulnerabile anima umana.


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    Kada smo uzbu eni, sve to ina e ne bismo ni primjetili dobija poja an zna aj Tada ak i predmeti uli ni fenjer, ljunkovit put, jedan bun intenzivnije ive svoj drevni, povu en, za ovjeka neprijateljski ivot, pokazuju nam takvu ravnodu nost da nas srce zaboli i ustuknemo od svega A ljudi koji su vje ito sebi ni i ne haju i za ostale grabe prema cilju, mogu jednom re enicom, jednim gestom da nas podsjete koliko smo svi mi usamljeni, a ta re enica, taj gest bez opipljivog razloga, skame Kada smo uzbu eni, sve to ina e ne bismo ni primjetili dobija poja an zna aj Tada ak i predmeti uli ni fenjer, ljunkovit put, jedan bun intenzivnije ive svoj drevni, povu en, za ovjeka neprijateljski ivot, pokazuju nam takvu ravnodu nost da nas srce zaboli i ustuknemo od svega A ljudi koji su vje ito sebi ni i ne haju i za ostale grabe prema cilju, mogu jednom re enicom, jednim gestom da nas podsjete koliko smo svi mi usamljeni, a ta re enica, taj gest bez opipljivog razloga, skameni se u na oj du i kao vje ni simbol besciljnosti itavog na eg ivota Ponos ma arske klasi ne knji evnosti, dvije divne novele koje s posebnim osje ajem govore o ivotu u prvoj polovini dvadesetog vijeka Dva enska lika, Ana Ede , ena pretvorena u stvar, u dio ku anstva bez ikakvog prava i glasa, i djevojka eva iji kratki odlazak od roditelja pokre e radnju ove pri e Dvije pri e u jednoj knjizi, nemaju ni ta zajedni ko osim to prikazuju dva ivota, potpuno razli ita a u isto vrijeme surovo te ka i nepravedna U Ani Ede je iz ugla slu avke prikazan buran period u Ma arskoj nakon raspada Austrougarske eva, ija je radnja smje tena u Suboticu, mnogo je razigraniji prikaz u male svakodnevnice imu nog gra anstva koji iznenada otkriva da ivot mo e biti mnogo zabavniji Neprivla na, nezanimljiva, gotovo neprimjetna djevojka s nadimkom eva ivi sa roditeljima i brine o doma instvu Njihovim porodi nim ivotom odavno je zavladala rutina Kada eva otputuje na sedmicu dana, roditelji se prvo pitaju ta e i kako e bez nje, a onda sve vi e vremena provode van ku e i otkrivaju koliko im prija takav ivot


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    When Anna enters the Vizy s household, she quickly becomes indispensable, especially to Mrs Vizy who finally has someone she can control and command There is no room for Anna s own wishes, which becomes clear when the family prevents her marriage to a chimney sweep Also, the family doesn t show her any real kindness or gratitude or give any thoughts to her as a person at all They rather see her as some kind of prize bull and brag about her qualities whenever they can Anna herself is dif When Anna enters the Vizy s household, she quickly becomes indispensable, especially to Mrs Vizy who finally has someone she can control and command There is no room for Anna s own wishes, which becomes clear when the family prevents her marriage to a chimney sweep Also, the family doesn t show her any real kindness or gratitude or give any thoughts to her as a person at all They rather see her as some kind of prize bull and brag about her qualities whenever they can Anna herself is difficult to understand You never get to know much about her and her motives She left her old family, but the book also hints that she liked it there, so why did she Was it to protect Fiscor, or because of some fatalistic belief she will never be able to decide on her own life and is doomed to be a servant Also, she decided not to marry the chimney sweep when the Vizy s pressured her, but we never get to know what Anna s thought were on either the chimney sweep or the fact she is not going to marry him Did she love him The answer to all of those questions remains unknown But then again, the little space given to her thoughts in the narrative might have been deliberate to show she has no personality as a servant she serves others and through that, her own self disappears The book has a very violent ending, which in that line of reasoning shows that people start acting in an inhuman way when they are not treated as humans But that is my speculation Very smart writing in my opinion nonetheless.This book focuses on the relationships between the characters This is put in the bigger context of post World War One Hungarian society There are very few descriptions of the scenery, which is a shame because that s what I was hoping for Anna rarely goes out, so there is not much cause to describe the scenery Still, the psychological side of the story kept me engaged enough to finish the book quickly Overall, the book is written in a bare boned style It is about 300 pages long but still manages to include many different events, spanning a few years in total Only the necessary details are given, leaving it to the reader to figure out the details, and in that way, to understand the characters You could read through this quickly because it is written in a style very easy to read However, you would getout of the book by reading it slowly, or during a second read Especially because there were a lot of things that were hard to understand or came unexpectedly to me at first For example the ending it was very violent and I did not see it coming at all However, now I ve thought about it for a while and wrote this review, it does makesense There is a very subtle build up in this book of the event to come, which I can t tell you because of spoilers It is definitely there though This makes the book almost like a murder mystery where one has to look for clues to identify the culprit, where the mystery goes even deeper because one has to guess what is going to happen A good book for anyone who likes to delve into the psychology of the characters in a book, and especially to which dark lengths the psyche of a person can go when pushedThis is part of the review written by me for Bookworms United Read the full review here link


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    Having loved Skylark, I had high expectations for this but on the whole it was disappointing The book had a couple dead zones for me, tedious sections that made me wonder what I was doing with my reading time This was alleviated first by the character of the nephew, who adds a little zip to the story even if he turns out to be reprehensible The end was a shock and felt wrong Even if understandable politically, it seemed wrong character wise It s also quite difficult for a novelist or poe Having loved Skylark, I had high expectations for this but on the whole it was disappointing The book had a couple dead zones for me, tedious sections that made me wonder what I was doing with my reading time This was alleviated first by the character of the nephew, who adds a little zip to the story even if he turns out to be reprehensible The end was a shock and felt wrong Even if understandable politically, it seemed wrong character wise It s also quite difficult for a novelist or poet to insert himself by name into a story When it works it s great but when it fails it really is a spectacular failure and I felt this was the case here The author appears at the end with a bit of self praise and it s a turnoff


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    Pri a o savr enoj slu kinji Anni Edes,po etkom dvadesetog stolje a u Ma arskoj,bila je i ostala predmetom brojnih rasprava knji evnih krugova.Anna je tiha,skromna i prili no ograni ena djevojka koja pod prisilim dolazi raditi u bur ujsku obitelj Vizy.Svjesni da su zaposlili vrlo vrijednu i odanu slu kinju,njihovu ugnjetavanju nema kraja.Iako se ini da vrlo dobro podnosi maltretiranje i manipulaciju svoje gazdarice,zavo enje njihova ro aka koje zavr ava lo im posljedicama,toj povu enoj i jednost Pri a o savr enoj slu kinji Anni Edes,po etkom dvadesetog stolje a u Ma arskoj,bila je i ostala predmetom brojnih rasprava knji evnih krugova.Anna je tiha,skromna i prili no ograni ena djevojka koja pod prisilim dolazi raditi u bur ujsku obitelj Vizy.Svjesni da su zaposlili vrlo vrijednu i odanu slu kinju,njihovu ugnjetavanju nema kraja.Iako se ini da vrlo dobro podnosi maltretiranje i manipulaciju svoje gazdarice,zavo enje njihova ro aka koje zavr ava lo im posljedicama,toj povu enoj i jednostavnoj djevojci,jednog e dana,jednostavno, puknuti film Divna knjiga koja me zainteresirala od prve do zadnje stranice.I jo u dugo misliti o njoj.


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