Fire and Knowledge: Fiction and Essays

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The U.S. publication of A Book of Memories in 1997 introduced to our shores the work of an extraordinary novelist, Peter Nadas. Now, in Fire and Knowledge, a superb collection of short stories, essays, and literary criticism, we discover other aspects of Nadas's major presence in European life and letters: as a trenchant commentator on the events that have transformed Europe since 1989, as a stunning literary critic, and as a subtle interpreter of language and politics in societies both free and unfree. Here, in full, is a rich and rewarding compilation of brilliantly original, touching, witty, and thought-provoking works by one of our greatest living writers.

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"The stories are effortlessly wonderful. The essays are more chewy--what one imagines Milan Kundera might sound like before his first cup of coffee. . . . [Nadas] has Lawrence's symbolic facility without his thumping self-consciousness, and an endless tenderness for the detail of overlooked lives. . . . Every story here reminds us that fiction can tell the truth as well as nonfiction--or even better."--"The New York Times Book Review
""[Nadas] has quickly been canonized as a latter-day Eastern European Proust or Mann. . . . This gently chaotic and revealing scrapbook is a must-have for serious European literature collections."--"Booklist
""Highly recommended . . . Nadas gives readers page after page of thought-provoking and deeply insightful intellectual enjoyment as well as a soul-baring glimpse into his internal struggles with such issues as capital punishment, depression, writing, religion, and fate. . . . Readers will be drawn into the very private lives of his characters, investing themselves in their every word and deed."--"Library Journal"

"The stories are effortlessly wonderful. The essays are more chewy--what one imagines Milan Kundera might sound like before his first cup of coffee. . . . [Nadas] has Lawrence's symbolic facility without his thumping self-consciousness, and an endless tenderness for the detail of overlooked lives. . . . Every story here reminds us that fiction can tell the truth as well as nonfiction--or even better."--"The New York Times Book Review
""[Nadas] has quickly been canonized as a latter-day Eastern European Proust or Mann. . . . This gently chaotic and revealing scrapbook is a must-have for serious European literature collections."--"Booklist
""Highly recommended . . . Nadas gives readers page after page of thought-provoking and deeply insightful intellectual enjoyment as well as a soul-baring glimpse into his internal struggles with such issues as capital punishment, depression, writing, religion, and fate. . . . Readers will be drawn into the very private lives of his characters, investing themselves in their every word and deed."--"Library Journal"

The stories are effortlessly wonderful. The essays are more chewy--what one imagines Milan Kundera might sound like before his first cup of coffee. . . . [Nadas] has Lawrence's symbolic facility without his thumping self-consciousness, and an endless tenderness for the detail of overlooked lives. . . . Every story here reminds us that fiction can tell the truth as well as nonfiction--or even better. "The New York Times Book Review"

[Nadas] has quickly been canonized as a latter-day Eastern European Proust or Mann. . . . This gently chaotic and revealing scrapbook is a must-have for serious European literature collections. "Booklist"

Highly recommended . . . Nadas gives readers page after page of thought-provoking and deeply insightful intellectual enjoyment as well as a soul-baring glimpse into his internal struggles with such issues as capital punishment, depression, writing, religion, and fate. . . . Readers will be drawn into the very private lives of his characters, investing themselves in their every word and deed. "Library Journal""

The stories are effortlessly wonderful. The essays are more chewy--what one imagines Milan Kundera might sound like before his first cup of coffee. . . . [Nadas] has Lawrence's symbolic facility without his thumping self-consciousness, and an endless tenderness for the detail of overlooked lives. . . . Every story here reminds us that fiction can tell the truth as well as nonfiction--or even better. The New York Times Book Review

[Nadas] has quickly been canonized as a latter-day Eastern European Proust or Mann. . . . This gently chaotic and revealing scrapbook is a must-have for serious European literature collections. Booklist

Highly recommended . . . Nadas gives readers page after page of thought-provoking and deeply insightful intellectual enjoyment as well as a soul-baring glimpse into his internal struggles with such issues as capital punishment, depression, writing, religion, and fate. . . . Readers will be drawn into the very private lives of his characters, investing themselves in their every word and deed. Library Journal

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"The stories are effortlessly wonderful. The essays are more chewy--what one imagines Milan Kundera might sound like before his first cup of coffee. . . . [Nadas] has Lawrence's symbolic facility without his thumping self-consciousness, and an endless tenderness for the detail of overlooked lives. . . . Every story here reminds us that fiction can tell the truth as well as nonfiction--or even better." --The New York Times Book Review

"[Nadas] has quickly been canonized as a latter-day Eastern European Proust or Mann. . . . This gently chaotic and revealing scrapbook is a must-have for serious European literature collections." --Booklist

"Highly recommended . . . Nadas gives readers page after page of thought-provoking and deeply insightful intellectual enjoyment as well as a soul-baring glimpse into his internal struggles with such issues as capital punishment, depression, writing, religion, and fate. . . . Readers will be drawn into the very private lives of his characters, investing themselves in their every word and deed." --Library Journal

About the Author:

Peter Nadas is the author of the novels A Book of Memories, The End of a Family Story, and Love. He lives in Gombosszeg, in western Hungary.

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