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Szirtes, George 1948-

Works: 184 works in 546 publications in 1 language and 11,199 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Novels  Poetry  Short stories  Biographical fiction  Psychological fiction  Exhibition catalogs  History  Political fiction  Dystopian fiction 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Narrator, Redactor
Classifications: PH3281.M35, 894.511334
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by George Szirtes
Esther's inheritance by Sándor Márai( Book )

8 editions published between 1939 and 2013 in English and held by 744 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is it like to be in love with a pathological liar and fantasist? Esther is, and has been for more than 20 years. "Esther's Inheritance" presents a remarkable narrator who delivers a story as both tragedy and comedy
Portraits of a marriage by Sándor Márai( Book )

5 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 691 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows the experiences of a passionate triangle of lovers, including wealthy bourgeois couple Peter and Ilonka and their survival-minded servant, Judit
The rebels by Sándor Márai( Book )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 571 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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. From the Trade Paperback edition
Casanova in Bolzano by Sándor Márai( Book )

7 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 554 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1756, after escaping from Venice's most notorious jail, Giacomo Casanova seeks refuge in the Italian village of Bolzano, where he once again embarks on a campaign of seduction
Iza's ballad by Magda Szabó( Book )

13 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 543 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When Ettie's husband dies, her daughter, Iza, insists that she give up the family house in the countryside and move to Budapest. Displaced from her community and her home, Ettie tries to find her place in this new life. Iza's Ballad is the story of a woman who loses her life's companion and a mother trying to get close to a daughter whom she has never truly known. It is about the meeting of the old-fashioned and the modern worlds and the beliefs we construct over a lifetime. Beautifully translated by the poet George Szirtes, this is a profoundly moving novel with the unforgettable power of Magda Szabo's award-winning The Door"--
The world goes on by László Krasznahorkai( Book )

13 editions published between 2006 and 2018 in English and held by 539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In [this short story collection], a narrator first speaks directly, then tells eleven unforgettable stories, and then bids farewell"
Satantango by László Krasznahorkai( Book )

13 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the darkening embers of a Communist utopia, life in a desolate Hungarian town has come to a virtual standstill. Flies buzz, spiders weave, water drips and animals root desultorily in the barnyard of a collective farm. But when the charismatic Irimias - long-thought dead - returns to the commune, the villagers fall under his spell. The Devil has arrived in their midst. Irimias will divide and rule: his arrival heralds the beginning of a period of violence and greed for the villagers as he sets about swindling them out of a fortune that might allow them to escape the emptiness and futility of their existence. He soon attains a messaianic aura as he plays on the fears of the townsfolk
The melancholy of resistance by László Krasznahorkai( Book )

14 editions published between 1989 and 2016 in English and held by 377 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A powerful, surreal novel, in the tradition of Gogol, about the chaotic events surrounding the arrival of a circus in a small Hungarian town. The Melancholy of Resistance, László Krasznahorkai's magisterial, surreal novel, depicts a chain of mysterious events in a small Hungarian town. A circus, promising to display the stuffed body of the largest whale in the world, arrives in the dead of winter, prompting bizarre rumors. Word spreads that the circus folk have a sinister purpose in mind, and the frightened citizens cling to any manifestation of order they can find music, cosmology, fascism. The novel's characters are unforgettable: the evil Mrs. Eszter, plotting her takeover of the town; her weakling husband; and Valuska, our hapless hero with his head in the clouds, who is the tender center of the book, the only pure and noble soul to be found..."--Publisher description
Eyewitness : Hungarian photography in the twentieth century : Brassaï, Capa, Kertész, Moholy-Nagy, Munkácsi by Péter Baki( Book )

18 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Brassaï, Capa, Kertész, Moholy-Nagy and Munkácsi revolutionised photojournalism and art photography in the first hald of the twentieth century. This handsome book examines how these five men, all of whom left their native country to work in Europe and America, established Hungary - that cultural and geographical intersection between east and west - as a crucibleof photography, and explores the influence of their vision and orginality on suceeding generations of photographers. Illestrated with their major works and a number by their contemporaries - in many cases using vintage prints from Hungarian collections - 'Eyewitness' is a landmark publication in the study of modern photography."--Publisher's website
Selected poems, 1976-1996 by George Szirtes( Book )

11 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This selection has been made by George Szirtes himself from all seven of his published poetry books, several of which are now unavailable. It includes his major sequences, The Photographer in Winter, Metro, and a slightly revised Transylvana. George Szirtes has built up a reputation not only as an energetic and generous translator from Hungarian, but first and foremost as a brilliant and austere poet in his own right. He wields English with the particular skill, strangeness, and originality of one who, as it were, mediates between the tone of his forebears and the voice he has acquired since childhood, when his family moved to England at the time of the Hungarian uprising
Metro by George Szirtes( Book )

14 editions published between 1988 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Portrait of my father in an English landscape by George Szirtes( Book )

10 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in English and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bridge passages by George Szirtes( Book )

14 editions published between 1991 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The adventures of Sindbad by Gyula Krúdy( Book )

9 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Inspired by the Arabian tale of the Voyages of Sindbad the Sailor, the great Hungarian author Gyula Krudy created a distinctively Hungarian world of seduction and intrigue in the early part of this century." "In these stories, Krudy's Sindbad, a voyager in the realms of memory and imagination, travels through centuries in pursuit of love. Krudy's prose flows beyond strict narrative as Sindbad journeys between past and present, often a musing presence in his own adventures. But although Sindbad can move through time, it is time that proves his chief enemy and youth that remains his real love." "This profoundly autumnal book, filled with nuance and nostalgia, is an erotic elegy to the dying Habsburg empire."--Book jacket
Blind field by George Szirtes( Book )

11 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

War and war by László Krasznahorkai( Book )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2016 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"War & War, Laszlo Krasznahorkai's second novel in English from New Directions, begins at a point of danger: on a dark train platform Korim is on the verge of being attacked by thuggish teenagers and robbed; and from here, we are carried along by the insistent voice of this nervous clerk. Desperate, at times almost mad, but also keenly empathic, Korim has discovered in a small Hungarian town's archives an antique manuscript of startling beauty: it narrates the epic tale of brothers-in-arms struggling to return home from a disastrous war. Korim is determined to do away with himself, but before he can commit suicide, he feels he must escape to New York with the precious manuscript and commit it to eternity by typing it all on the world-wide web. Following Korim with obsessive realism through the streets of New York (from his landing in a Bowery flophouse to his moving far uptown with a mad interpreter), War and War relates his encounters with a fascinating range of humanity, a world torn between viciousness and mysterious beauty. Following the eight chapters of War and War is a short "prequel acting as a sequel," "Isaiah," which brings us to a dark bar, years before in Hungary, where Korim rants against the world and threatens suicide."--Publisher's website
Metropole by Ferenc Karinthy( Book )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"On his way to a linguists' conference in Helsinki. Budai finds himself in a strange city where he can't understand a word anyone says." "One claustrophobic day blurs into another as he desperately struggles to survive in this vastly overpopulated metropolis where there are as many languages as there are people. Fearing that his wife will have given him up for dead, he finds comfort in an unconventional relationship with the elevator-operator in the hotel." "A suspenseful and haunting Hungarian classic and a vision of hell unlike any other imagined."--Jacket
Reel by George Szirtes( Book )

11 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Memory is film in Reel: a film-crew shoot Budapest for Berlin; faces float like light on the sea; names appear and disappear on a search engine. George Szirtes reconstructs childhood from a confusion of memories, photographs and stories in which men and women change places and fathers multiply. There are sequences on love, desire and illusion, poems about political loyalties, and poems that form ghost texts shadowing other writers
The Colonnade of teeth : modern Hungarian poetry( Book )

3 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This anthology presents the work of the most important Hungarian poets born after the turn of the century, starting with the major figure of Lorinc Szabo, born in 1900. Some of the poets have worked while in exile -- Gyorgy Faludy and Victor Hatar for example. Others, including Sador Kanyadi, are members of Hungarian minorities living outside Hungary's present borders. Those working in Hungary include the middle generation of Otto Orba and Zsusza Takrcs, and younger poets with international reputations such as Gyorgy Petri, known for his sharp satires and ironic elegies, and Zsuzsa Rakovszky, with her passionate and closely observed poems of everyday life
Exercise of power: the art of Ana Maria Pacheco by George Szirtes( Book )

9 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Excercise of Power traces the career of Ana Maria Pacheco, a remarkable sculptor-painter-printmaker, from her origins and education in Brazil, through her arrival in England as a British Council scholar at the Slade in 1973, and her development over the next twenty-five years into one of the outstanding figurative artists of her time, crowned by her residency at the National Gallery, London in 1999. The book explores the strands of the Baroque, the magical and the humane in Pacheco's imagery and relates these to the culture of post-colonial Brazil as well as to the visual language of power and potency in Europe. At a time when most contemporary artists shy away from literature and myth, Pacheco meets them head on and draws sustenance from the fields of reference they provide. By following the progress of Pacheco's imagination through the various media in which she works, the book reveals the monumentality of the artist's vision and highlights the streams of visual narrative that make her such a unique and imposing figure, capable of uniting the sensibility of South America with that of Western Europe
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Portraits of a marriage
Portraits of a marriageThe rebelsCasanova in BolzanoSatantangoThe melancholy of resistanceEyewitness : Hungarian photography in the twentieth century : Brassaï, Capa, Kertész, Moholy-Nagy, MunkácsiSelected poems, 1976-1996Portrait of my father in an English landscape
Alternative Names
George Szirtes Brits dichter

George Szirtes poet britanic

Szirtes 1948-

Szirtes, Georges

Szirtes, György 1948-

Джордж Сіртеш

Сиртеш, Джордж

Сиртеш, Джордж британский поэт

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