Author(s): Sandor Marai
Twenty years after leaving her, the great love of Esther's life sends a telegram. Tomorrow, he tells her, he is coming back. Esther has not forgotten that her dazzling lover is a fantasist and a liar, nor that he caused her unimaginable hurt. But she also remembers how he made her feel, how he woke a part of her that has ever since been sleeping. A special meal is planned, a car arrives at the house, and - in a heightened visit for which Esther is not remotely prepared - their two lives converge for a second, dizzying time. 'Like "Embers", the novella recounts a dramatically charged meeting after a gap of decades, and it has a similarly intricate symbolism' - "Guardian". 'In times of recession, they say, gold never loses its value. Neither do literary gems ...There are some great writers I find it hard to talk about without gushing, and Marai is on that list' - "Sunday Herald". 'Rediscovering Marai is like finding an Old Master painting in the attic' - "Sunday Telegraph".
Sandor Marai was born in Kassa, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in 1900, and died in San Diego, California, in 1989. He rose to fame as one of the leading literary novelists in Hungary in the 1930s. Profoundly anti-fascist, he survived World War II, but persecution by the Communists drove him from the country in 1948. He went into exile, first in Italy, then in the United States.