An early novel from the great rediscovered Hungarian writer Sandor Marai," The Rebels" is a haunting story of a group of alienated boys on the cusp of adult life and possibly death during World War I.
It is the summer of 1918, and four boys approaching graduation are living in a ghost town bereft of fathers, uncles, and older brothers, who are off fighting at the front. The boys know they will very soon be sent to join their elders, and in their final weeks of freedom they begin acting out their frustrations and fears in a series of subversive games and petty thefts. But when they attract the attention of a stranger in town an actor with a traveling theater company their games, and their lives, begin to move in a direction they could not have predicted and cannot control, and one that reveals them to be strangers to one another. Resisting and defying adulthood, they find themselves still subject to its baffling power even in their attempted rebellion.
About the Author
Ne en Hongrie en 1900, Sandor Marai connait des ses premiers romans un immense succes. Antifasciste declare dans une Hongrie alliee a l Allemagne nazie, il est pourtant mis au ban par le gouvernement communiste de l apres-guerre. En 1948, il s exile et part pour les Etats-Unis ou il mettra fin a ses jours en 1989. Depuis une dizaine d annees, il jouit dans le monde entier d une reputation egale a celle de Zweig, Roth ou Schnitzler.
George Szirtes is a Hungarian-born British poet and translator who has translated works by Sandor Csoori, Dezso Kosztolanyi, and Laszlo Krasznahorkai.
“A darkly comic, war-ravaged coming-of-age tale that displays much of the genius visible in his later works, but [is] also funnier and more extravagantly imaginative.” —The New Yorker
“The emotional power of the story is that of a simple, straightforward narrative . . . followed by stunning revelation.” —The Boston Globe
“A morbidly comic novel . . . marked by passages of bleak elegiac grandeur.” —The New York Sun