The Adventures of Sindbad
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).
About the Author
Gyula Krúdy (1878-1933) was is being recognised as one of Hungary's most remarkable novelist, he is remembered as a bon viveur and journalist whose writing captured and chronicled the end of an era. Krúdy's writing anticipates both 'stream of consciousness' modernism and the magic realism of Latin American writers.
"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. Gothic, Decadent, Astonishing !"—Amazon (extract from a reader's online review)
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