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Napraforgó (Sunflower)


by Gyula Krúdy

Summary of the book:  Gyula Krúdy's 1918 novel, sets turn-of-the-century Budapest hustle and the timeless, "peacetime" mode of the Hungarian countryside as backdrops for this sensually observed episode in Womanhood's ongoing, ever-variable encounter with the male principle.  A richly quintessentialized cast of characters offers a fivefold bevy of females, variously engaged with a trio of males.  World-weary, proto-feminist Miss Maszkerádi sojourns at her friend the introspective ingénue Eveline's country estate; the provincial hetaera Risoulette assists as they confront the amorous, cantankerous hunk of Magyar manhood, Mr. Pistoli, flanked by a duo of younger men: the dangerous, entrepreneurial gambler Ossuary, and the hermit-like country gentleman Álmos-Dreamer. But this is also a novel of the land, a paean, to the primal powers of Mother Nature as observed and worshipped in the birch-studded marshlands of North-east Hungary, a land teeming with sites and relics of the Old World Goddess.  This powerful ancient Deity illumines the women in Sunflower and so becomes the major character in one of the roundest and most fully realized works of Gyula Krúdy's commending oeuvre.

Reasons for the choiceSunflower is a modern Hungarian novel which makes an authentically presentation of the Hungarian society at the turn of the century and is able to address truthfully to nowadays readers in any language of the world.  Delicacy of its language, life-likeness and originality of its pictures are aesthetical unique in the Hungarian literature.  To read Krúdy is a delightful and exotic experience, but through its metaphorical world, the reader can feel also a severe social criticism.

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Address of the Publisher:
Unikornis Könyvkiadó
Stollát B. u. 22
1055 Budapest
Tel: (+36) 332 1592
Fax: (+36) 428 0677

Editor(s) Unikornis Könyvkiadó, Budapest
Publication Date 1998
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