What is it to be in love with a pathological liar and fantasist? Esther is, and has been for more than twenty years. Lajos, the liar, married her sister, and when she died, Lajos disappeared. Or did he? And Esther? She was left with her elderly cousin, the all-knowing Nunu, and a worn old house, living a life of the most modest comforts. All is well, but all is tired.
Until a telegram arrives announcing that, after all these years, Lajos is returning with his children. The news brings both panic and excitement. While no longer young and thoroughly skeptical about Lajos and his lies, Esther still remembers how incredibly alive she felt when he was around. Lajoss presence bewitches everyone, and the greatest part of his charmand his dangerlies in the deftness with which he wields that delicate power. Nothing good can come of this: friends rally round, but Lajoss arrival, complete with entourage, begins a day of high theater.
"Starred Review. Márai is a fascinating writer readers of English will want more of." - Publishers Weekly.
"The quiet horror of self-destructive love fuels this beautifully proportioned novella...." - Kirkus Reviews.
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Sándor Márai was born in Kassa, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in 1900. He rose to fame as one of the leading literary novelists in Hungary in the 1930s. Profoundly antifascist, he survived World War II, but persecution by the Communists drove him from the country in 1948, first to Italy and then to the United States. Márai committed suicide in San Diego in 1989. He is the author of a significant body of work, which is being translating into English.
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