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Kornél Esti av Dezső Kosztolányi
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Kornél Esti (utgåvan 2011)

av Dezső Kosztolányi, Bernard Adams (Översättare)

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Crazy, funny and gorgeously dark, Korn?l Esti sets into rollicking action a series of adventures about a man and his wicked doppleg?nger, who breathes every forbidden idea of his childhood into his ear, and then reappears decades later. Part Gogol, part Chekhov, and all brilliance, Kosztol?nyi in his final book serves up his most magical, radical, and intoxicating work. Here is a novel which inquires: What if your id (loyally keeping your name) decides to strike out on its own, cuts a disreputable swath through the world, and then sends home to you all its unpaid bills and ruined maidens? And then: What if you and your alter ego decide to write a book together?… (mer)
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Titel:Kornél Esti
Författare:Dezső Kosztolányi
Andra författare:Bernard Adams (Översättare)
Info:New York : New Directions, 2011.
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Originally published in 1936, this is the seminal work of a famous Hungarian writer. I was drawn to the book by its alluring description: Crazy, funny and gorgeously dark, Kornél Esti sets into rollicking action a series of adventures about a man and his wicked dopplegänger, who breathes every forbidden idea of his childhood into his ear, and then reappears decades later.

Sadly, I was disappointed. Great introduction, but the book quickly degenerated into a series of what I found to be uneven short stories. The longer they were, the less interesting they became. Were author Dezso Kosztolanyi still alive, I would suggest the sage acronym of KISS, which is ironic given more than one of the stories are about kisses. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Nehéz volt ráhangolódni, valahogy nem az én történetem...
  gjudit8 | Aug 3, 2020 |
Un autor ya reconocido, de notable celebridad, pero que ha perdido la rebeldía de la juventud y se ha convertido en un burgués integrado al medio en que vive, se inventa un álter ego basado en un amigo de juventud y años de bohemia: Kornél Esti, un joven dotado para la literatura pero irreverente, iconoclasta, despreocupado y amante de la noche, a quien interesa más la vida y la experiencia que la gloria oficial. ( )
  aliexpo | Sep 28, 2018 |
Bij wijlen licht absurd, soms humoristisch, ook schelms: enkele lotgevallen van de hoofdpersoon die als een gewenst alter ego van de schrijver fungeert. De schrijver vervalt nooit in herhaling, heeft dikwijls een originele kijk op de maatschappij en slaagt erin alles tot een vlot en verteerbaar geheel te schrijven. Graag gelezen! ( )
  PatrickDeruytter | Nov 9, 2014 |
Kornel Esti is a light, whimsical book with excellent writing. The narrator decides one day to contact his old childhood friend Kornel Esti, a troublemaker portrayed almost as the narrator’s alter ego/id/doppelganger. A writer, the narrator agrees to set down Kornel Esti’s numerous stories. Some of the facts in various stories contradict other stories and others fly off into the realm of the fanciful. I was hoping there would be more about Kornel Esti as the narrator’s double, but after the first chapter the focus is pretty much all on Esti. Still, this didn’t detract from this odd but enjoyable book. Many of the stories are almost surreal or magic realist and I preferred those to the more realistic ones but they were all vividly written.

The book opens with an irresistible line –

“I had passed the midpoint of my life, when one windy day in spring, I remembered Kornel Esti.”

then moves to the relationship between the narrator and Esti. They were childhood friends, with Esti spurring the narrator on to mischief, and were so inseparable that people had trouble telling them apart. This continued into adulthood, as the narrator was often mistaken for Esti and angry letters and torrents of abuse meant for Esti were directed at him. This sly setup continues as the narrator agrees to write Esti’s memoirs. Both are writers and there is some debate over who will be the author of the piece.

After this, there are several realistic stories of Esti’s youth. They are written with a nice attention to detail and vividly capture Esti’s feelings – his misery and alienation on first going to school as a child, the excitement and uncertainty of a train trip to Italy, his wonderful and hardscrabble life as a young bohemian artist. However, I missed the more overt and metafictional weirdness of the first story. Some odd ones start to appear though – an early one has Esti and the narrator travelling to the town where everyone tells the truth, giving a bleak portrait of people and places but never raising expectations.

The next set of stories tended to be more fanciful and I found them more to my taste. In one, Esti has come into a large inheritance but having money will interfere with his image as a proper poet. He tries to get rid of it surreptitiously which leads to all sorts of complications. Another funny story has Esti attempting to carry on a conversation with a train guard who only speaks Bulgarian while only knowing a couple phrases in the language. Fun and even a bit tense. Esti describes the world’s best hotel in another vignette bordering on the fanciful. One of the best is the long description of a respected German intellectual, the president of numerous cultural, political and scientific associations. He was notorious for sleeping through every lecture, seminar and conference and his sleep is not only familiar and expected, but even exalted. The author includes all sorts of analyses of the president’s sleep, reaching an amusing feverish defense of the nobility of his actions.

Some of the later stories are again more realistic, if absurdist, and deal with Esti’s interactions with friends and moochers. The crazy ones were definitely the best. Overall, the prose was quite good and all the stories were very readable, with some wonderful standouts. ( )
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Dezső Kosztolányiprimär författarealla utgåvorberäknat
Adams, BernardÖversättaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Esterházy, PeterEfterordmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
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Crazy, funny and gorgeously dark, Korn?l Esti sets into rollicking action a series of adventures about a man and his wicked doppleg?nger, who breathes every forbidden idea of his childhood into his ear, and then reappears decades later. Part Gogol, part Chekhov, and all brilliance, Kosztol?nyi in his final book serves up his most magical, radical, and intoxicating work. Here is a novel which inquires: What if your id (loyally keeping your name) decides to strike out on its own, cuts a disreputable swath through the world, and then sends home to you all its unpaid bills and ruined maidens? And then: What if you and your alter ego decide to write a book together?

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