The Adventures of Sindbad

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ISBN: 
978-963-9116-12-2
paperback
$17.95 / €13.95 / £11.99
Translated by George Szirtes
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Publication date: 
1998
240 pages

In these marvellously written tales, Sindbad, a voyager in the realms of memory and imagination, travels through the centuries in pursuit of an ideal of love that is directed as much at the feminine essence as at his individual lovers. He is by nature a melancholy sensualist, but whether the women he seduces and loves are projections of his desire, or he of theirs, is a moot question.

These short stories flow without a strict narrative framework Sindbad journeys between the past and the present and is merely a ghost in many of his adventures. Although Sindbad can move through time, it is time that proves his chief enemy, and youth that remains his real love. This deeply autumnal book, full of resonances and associations, is an erotic elegy to the dying Habsburg empire.

The stories are taken from the omnibus triple-volume Hungarian edition published as The Three Books of Sindbad in Hungary in 1944, which includes The Travels of Sindbad (1912), The Resurrection of Sindbad (1916), and The Youth and Grief of Sindbad (1917).

Introduction by George Szirtes

Youth

Sindbad’s Dream

By the Danube

Sindbad and the Actress

Winter Journey

The Secret Room

Escape from Women

Mrs Bánati, the Lost Woman

The Green Veil

The Night Visitor

An Overnight Stay

Sumach Trees in Blossom

Rozina

The Unforgettable Compliment

Sentimental Journey

The Children’s Eyes

Mine

The Woman Who Told Tales

Albert Finds New Employment

The Red Ox

Marabou

Madness from beyond the Grave

Escape from Life

Escape from Death

Notes

Amazon (extract from a reader's online review)

"Picked this up by sheer chance a few months ago and have already read it three times. These hypnotic little tales prefigure Surrealism and Magic Realism in their superbly atmospheric recreation of the dying Austro-Hungarian Empire."

Times Literary Supplement

"This book is just a gift. I am grateful to George Szirtes for making it possible for me to read it and praise it."

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