[Pdf/E–pub] Az élet álom BY Gyula Krúdy

Az élet álom

The Air You Breathe

Short stories many of which can t really be called stories xamining the lives of working Hungarians through the food they are served and at The proliferation of broths marrow bones and sour lungs give the collection a really arthy feeling with many pieces not resolving and the imminent and sometimes actual presence of death giving the book a dreamy uality Ten stories do give a feeling of being a bit samey with the longer The Green Ace particularly meandering but some lovely atmospherics along the way Life is a Dream apparently the last book of Krudy s published in his lifetime is a bit of a letdown after Sindbad and Sunflower We have lots of description of people The Structure of Soviet History: Essays and Documents eating and drinking and preparing food cabbage marrow sour lungs noodle souptc but not so much the insight into our dreams desires and wickedness that Krudy displayed in his other books nor the fantastical prose xcursions they ngendered There are still hilarious descriptions of people but aside from some ironies about people s deluded certainties about where their lives are headed and the accompanying judgments about the people around them in the first two stories these stories don t really have much meat on the bones Sorry but this was one of those really abstract fantastical compilations I didn t understand though I would think that the author loves food in particular fine dining a lot because a lot of the stories involve very laborate descriptions of hearty Eastern European food particular meats lot of the stories involve very laborate descriptions of hearty Eastern European food in particular meats and soupsI was lost for this book And it didn t help that I waited for this book a long time Date Me even failing to get it once when I went to the library just for it and the second time paying to reserve it Too far out for my simple mind and I feltven worse reading about the fact that the author was living in poverty with his family most of his life and Comfort And Joy even had to self publish this book to submit it for a an award in thend he spent most of his prize money on publication and all its peripherals For a relatively short book this took me a very long time to read It comprises ten short stories that the destitute Hungarian author selected from his own works in order to have something to submit for a prize he d been told he had a than good chance of winning which he did apparently but the prize money was shared and distributed over two years and he had to make a contribution to the poor out of itKrudy writes about situations from his own life One of the characters writes stories for newspapers as did Krudy The action such as it is is set almost xclusively in taverns a place where Krudy spent much of his time The opening story concerns a casino Krudy was also a gambler You get the picture And that s about all there is to it besides the author s liking for surreal ndings For Fitness for Geeks: Real Science, Great Nutrition, and Good Health example the best story here The Green Acends with one half of a young man s hair moustache and beard turning dove white I have no problem with books in which nothing much happens this is true of Bernhard s novels which I love What I found hard going was that the bulk of the narrative consisted of tedious descriptions of gourmands lunches and alcoholics benders It was of passing interest to learn about Hungarian inn cuisine of the arly 20th century sour lungs pickled cabbage beef on the bone and gravy play a huge part in it but this story ingredient was boiled to death For all that some of the descriptions were pleasing such as the following xampleMushrooms just happen to be born old for they have a chance to mull things over before they Cause Of Fear emerge from the soil whether it s in the cellar the greenhouse or the woods Yes mushrooms are little old menven as the forester s laughing daughters stumble upon them after a rainy nightThis collection feels very old fashioned compared to other writing that was coming out of Hungary at the time the work of Frigyes Karinthy for Working Windows: A Guide to the Repair and Restoration of Wood Windows example Apparently Krudy wrote several novels before his writing fell out of favour in the 1920s and 30s On this reading I can t sa. Life is a Dream 1931 is Gyula Krudy's magical collection of ten short stories Creating a world whereditors shoot themselves after a hard day's brunching men attend duels incogni.

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Supposed to be a classic but I had not heard of it or its author I have read that some of his other books are much better Something to consider for the future The fact that Deszo Kosztolanyi nominated him for the Hungarian PEN Club should give you indication that you re dealing with an xtremely talented writer HERE HAVING SPENT THE LAST YEAR COMPLETELY IMMERSED IN Having spent the last year completely immersed in literature I ve come to the understanding that good writer in Hungary means many things It means you re a REALLY good writer you are unknown otherwise you are not an aloof academic you seem to think that most people are reading your works in front of a table populated with drinks food and cigars and you have read just about very Hungarian writer as they have Krudy is a major talent with ither longer novels or short stories such as these He has all the style and wit of Antal Szerb but doesn t bother with Szerb s polite restraint or labrynthian intrigues Krudy is like Moricz in his observational prowess and Kosztolanyi in his playful style Krudy is also a bit fey and crepuscular like Schulz and Kafka at times Krudy uses food like the Cz film master Jan Svankmejer to serve as a point of creative departure If you can recall one of many moustaches soaked in beers and smeared into the back of a hand you can understand how fooddrink works in Krudy I will admit a bias in that I love books that involve people loving beer Rabelais Kosztolanyi Erofeev and promote Benjamin Franklin s notion that beer is living proof that god loves us and wants us to be happy Krudy states There is a mystery about beer that will never be fathomed by the mind of mere mortals The same applies to food as is the case in the opening story that involves a man ating the food that he supposes his dueling foe would at to begin the process of vanuishing and consuming his nemy It s from the soil up and out with Krudy Another KrudySvankmeyer point of similarity is the Archimboldo ness of their comestible considerations food and drink makes the man and appreciating these component The Lady in Pink elements of the human form is appreciating life itself Krudy is also uite funny whilst being a bit dark like Schulz andven the Marx Brothers there is an observational wit to his humor that is hard not to love If someone told me that Krudy spent his finest moments chasing blonds around fountains and pulling faces over superfluous ill fitting spectacles I wouldn t be surprised In fact if there s a heaven and I get there and I meet Groucho I am going to attempt to win his favor by lending him knowing I ll
get it back being the part of honor my collection of Hungarian 20th Century writers Any man that loved Ring Lardner James Farrell and James Thurber would certainly love Moricz Szerb Kosztolanyi and Krudy This is lighter reading than Krudy s Sunflower short novel vs short stories but no less magical and njoyable i have been reading penguin books in general and penguin classics in particular for decadesand have rarely been disappointed i was with this book howeverthis book is one of their central uropean classics which were published last year i think they only put out ten titles and that is itthis book was sort of cobbled together by krudy and won a literary prize in hungary in 1931 it consists of ten short stories and while i have no uibble with any of the stories in particular the problem is they are mostly all so similar almost very one of them has as the main character a man who is ating in a tavern and Sinner's Heart each story goes on and on about what he isating and how much njoyment he is having right down to the very last morsel the problem is in almost very case the meal consists of the same items of foodsour lungs bone marrow trampled cabbages sorrel sauce various soups Spirit of the Wolf etctc after about two stories like this it began to get very tedious and remained so throughout the A Vineyard Christmas entire book which i did finish i m not sure why because i was basically bored to tears and it didn tven make me hungry uite the opposite in fact. Nd dispossessed these tales of love food death and sex are ironic and wise about the human condition and the futility of life and display fully Krudy's wit and mastery of the form. ,

Y I d be greatly tempted by them Een Bijzondere Vorm Van Osteosclerose even if I could get hold of copies In Krudy s stories the divide between the dead and living seems to be almost in name or label only dead men carry on affairs living people spend all their timeating and drinking in taverns Nothing separates them some are just dead some are not Yes there is a lot of ating in this collection and yes it can feel repetitive But there are some standout stories as well as a uality of writing throughout lusty it can feel repetitive But there are some standout stories as well as a uality of writing throughout lusty lyrical for which credit goes both to Krudy and to John Batki the translator Here s a sentence from The Undead one of his Szindbad stories say it aloud Crickety creak went the cart carrying the dead man but no farmer with a young wife to guard grabbed the pitchfork at the approach of the wayward gentlemanYet here and there light still streamed from the small rooms of a house in some hamlet like the yes of young girls kept open by curiosity ven at nightHere s another from The Apostle of Heavenly Scents following Nyergesujfalusi Google translates this name to sad new village a man who is losing all his faculties xcept for his sense of smell and whose nose seems to change appearance at times phallicly as the story progresses Here comes this snout rushing clad in the trappings of a pious pilgrim accompanied by princely li It s cabbage Hot Shot (North Ridge Book 3) everywhere Entire storiesntirely about cabbage It turns out that Krudy is utterly fixated with food and not just cabbage Every single story describes at least one meal in as seductive a manner as he can come up with and in some cases the stories themselves are just a mere vehicle for descriptions of food It would have driven me utterly mad with longing xcept that Krudy was describing Hungarian delicacies such as sour lungs and cabbage If you re reading Krudy for the first time and deciding between Sunflower or this book of short stories go for Sunflower This collection of short stories leaves something to be desired It lacks the kind of dreamy and descriptive voice that hypnotized me in Sunflower Out of all the stories the most Krudyesue passages were the ones about old Taban in The Green Ace I found myself highlighting several long chunks of about old Taban in The Green Ace I found myself highlighting several long chunks of in that one The stories also leave you hungry on another level If you re a foodie you will appreciate the ndless gastro science Voyage to the Underworld (Star Wars Missions, especially if you re a true carnivore You ll crave Hungarian dishes travel to several cafes serving a dizzying amount of food learn about the art of cabbage trampling properly spear your bread with a knife meet the inn keepers and waitersPeople had only one desire in life to sit down at a comfortable table in a restaurant andat their way through the items listed on the menu I think Krudy must have written these stories while The First Ghost eating in these very places Wandering from restaurant to cafe Stuffing himself full of cracklings and red peppers Staining his notebooks with ink pork fat and bread crumbs Life is a Dream is a collection of 10 short stories about Hungarian culture taverns andating lots of atingLife is not necessarily always a dream though By story here is what life is aboutLast Cigar at the Grey Arabian an impending dual a meal and a cigarThe Journalist and Death an impending dual and nerves and some ating too The Waiter s Nightmare a man who cannot stop Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits!: 4 Keys to Unlock Your Business Potential eatingThe Landlady or the Bewitched Guests a trampled cabbage or twoThe Undead A latter day Szindbad tale the hero dies under peculiar circumstancesThe Apostle of Heavenly Scents a nose which changes shape and color and can determine the smell of just aboutvery food and drinkBetty Nursemaid of the Editorial Office an ditor who changes his lunch meal because he is ntranced with what a fellow diner is Humanism eatingThe Green Ace a very long story with not that much foodOne Glass of Borovichka and Its Conseuences a drink with dire conseuences the title pretty much says it allThe Ejected Patron wherever he goes he cannot pay his billI wanted to read at last one book by a Hungarian author and selected this It is. To and lovers fall out over salad dressing Life is a Dream is a comic nostalgic romantic androtic glimpse into the Hungary of the Smokin' Hot early twentieth century Focussing on the poor