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Shvoong Home>Books>Novels & Novellas>'The Rebels' : A War Torn Life In A Novel Review

'The Rebels' : A War Torn Life In A Novel

Book Review   by:Yashiq     Original Author: Sandor Marai
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The Rebels’ : A Marvelous Novel Born Out Of a War Stampede Heart!
The Hungarian novelist Sandor Marai conquered the literary world with his debut novel called ‘Emberse’. Marai was a personality molded by the migration and sufferings who suicided in 1989 as an anonymous writer in California. Sandor Marai was not able to step inside the independent Hungary while he was dreaming for its freedom since 1948. He put an end to his own life beyond the horizon of the independent Hungary and his memory still alive through out the pages of his books. ‘
The Rebels’ is the third novel of Sandor Marai which is translated and published to English by the American Publisher ‘Alfred A Knopt’. His writings were strictly adhered with history. The novel deals with the rough realities of a war destroyed Hungarian life. The main thing nagging the novelist is the bitter experiences of the followers who had to undertake their war trapped fore-fathers while the new generation failed to cope up with such social atmosphere at the edge of their destruction.
The story in the novel begins at the end of the First World War and there was a group gathering of four youngsters who were haunted by the rough life as well as the destroyed dream by the inevitability of death. It was in the summer season in 1918 while the waves of Russian Revolution began to touch the coasts in Europe. It was the last year of the graduation in the Academy of Boys in provincial Hungary, and after there was nothing in front of them except the tragic scenes visualized by the war. The city became a ghost land.
The matured men were led compulsorily to the military camp and eventually to the war front. Almost all the homes were left with old parents, wives, sisters, and kids. The rosy dreams and the imaginative future of the youngsters were tarnished and broken for ever by the miseries and tragic scenes in their family by a war. The cracking sound of a speedy running military van with injured and dead makes them afraid of a big disaster; they felt it might occur any time to their personal life also. They always anxious about their future and realized that they would be forcefully taken to the war front soon after the completion of their graduation. The four youth assembled, as a fate, together with one of the war participant in the last weeks of their academic year. They carefully listening the war participant to hear the cruelties and tragedies in the war front. Erno, the son of a cobbler, is one of the four youngsters gathered around, realized as a shock that his father had hanged a lot of people in the war. Erno is the crucial character in the novel; the indifference, silence and expression of Erno is given us a marvelously narrated surprising personality. Sandor Marai has depicted these characters magically in this novel and dug the utmost bottom of the human psyche in such a miserable social and political life of a community.
Published: January 26, 2008   
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