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Az élet álom Short stories many of which can't really be called 'stories' examining the lives of working Hungarians through the food they are served and eat The proliferation of broths marrow bones and sour lungs give the collection a really earthy feeling with many pieces not resolving and the imminent and sometimes actual presence of death giving the book a dreamy uality Ten stories do give a feeling of being a 'bit samey' with the longer The Green Ace particularly meandering but some lovely atmospherics along the way It's cabbage everywhere Entire stories entirely about cabbage It turns out that Krudy is utterly fixated with food and not just cabbage Every single story describes at least one meal in as seductive a manner as he can come up with and in some cases the stories themselves are just a mere vehicle for descriptions of food It would have driven me utterly mad with longing except that Krudy was describing Hungarian delicacies such as sour lungs and cabbage Life is a Dream 1931 is Gyula Krudy's magical collection of ten short stories Creating a world where editors shoot themselves after a hard day's brunching men attend duels incognito and lovers fall out over salad dressing Life is a Dream is a comic nostalgic romantic and erotic glimpse into the Hungary of the early twentieth century Focussing on the poor and dispossessed these tales of love food death and sex are ironic and wise about the human condition and the futility of life and display fully Krudy's wit and mastery of the form If you're reading Krudy for the first time and deciding between 'Sunflower' or this book of short stories go for 'Sunflower' This collection of short stories leaves something to be desired It lacks the kind of dreamy and descriptive voice that hypnotized me in 'Sunflower' Out of all the stories the most Krudyesue passages were the ones about old Taban in 'The Green Ace' I found myself highlighting several long chunks of text in that one The stories also leave you hungry on another level If you're a foodie you will appreciate the endless gastro science especially if you're a true carnivore You'll crave Hungarian dishes travel to several cafes serving a dizzying amount of food learn about the art of cabbage trampling properly spear your bread with a knife meet the inn keepers and waitersPeople had only one desire in life to sit down at a comfortable table in a restaurant and eat their way through the items listed on the menu I think Krudy must have written these stories while eating in these very places Wandering from restaurant to cafe Stuffing himself full of cracklings and red peppers Staining his notebooks with ink pork fat and bread crumbs For a relatively short book this took me a very long time to read It comprises ten short stories that the destitute Hungarian author selected from his own works in order to have something to submit for a prize he'd been told he had a than good chance of winning which he did apparently but the prize money was shared and distributed over two years and he had to make a contribution to the poor out of itKrudy writes about situations from his own life One of the characters writes stories for newspapers as did Krudy The action such as it is is set almost exclusively in taverns a place where Krudy spent much of his time The opening story concerns a casino Krudy was also a gambler You get the picture And that's about all there is to it besides the author's liking for surreal endings For example the best story here 'The Green Ace' ends with one half of a young man's hair moustache and beard turning dove white I have no problem with books in which nothing much happens this is true of Bernhard's novels which I love What I found hard going was that the bulk of the narrative consisted of tedious descriptions of gourmands' lunches and alcoholics' benders It was of passing interest to learn about Hungarian inn cuisine of the early 20th century sour lungs pickled cabbage beef on the bone and gravy play a huge part in it but this story ingredient was boiled to death For all that some of the descriptions were pleasing such as the following exampleMushrooms just happen to be born old for they have a chance to mull things over before they emerge from the soil whether it's in the cellar the greenhouse or the woods Yes mushrooms are little old men even as the forester's laughing daughters stumble upon them after a rainy nightThis collection feels very old fashioned compared to other writing that was coming out of Hungary at the time the work of Frigyes Karinthy for example Apparently Krudy wrote several novels before his writing fell out of favour in the 1920s and 30s On this reading I can't say I'd be greatly tempted by them even if I could get hold of copies In Krudy's stories the divide between the dead and living seems to be almost in name or label only dead men carry on affairs living people spend all their time eating and drinking in taverns Nothing separates them; some are just dead some are not Yes there is a lot of eating in this collection and yes it can feel repetitive But there are some standout stories as well as a uality of writing throughout lusty and lyrical for which credit goes both to Krudy and to John Batki the translator Here's a sentence from The Undead one of his Szindbad stories say it aloud Crickety creak went the cart carrying the dead man but no farmer with a young wife to guard grabbed the pitchfork at the approach of the wayward gentlemanYet here and there light still streamed from the small rooms of a house in some hamlet like the eyes of young girls kept open by curiosity even at nightHere's another from The Apostle of Heavenly Scents following Nyergesujfalusi Google translates this name to sad new village a man who is losing all his faculties except for his sense of smell and whose nose seems to change appearance at times phallicly as the story progresses Here comes this snout rushing clad in the trappings of a pious pilgrim accompanied by princely lies as is the custom of old men who in their dotage would like to embrace every bowl of soup in the world In view of the fact that at the time several inexperienced young females were staying in the house I had to send Nyergesujfalusi packingHere's one from The Green Ace the longest story in the book a novella really Bitchkey in his drunken stupor had hanged himself by means of his belt on a crabapple tree and his bodily attire footwear and foot rags hung down and trailed from his stiffly extended legs just as they had when the crabapple tree was cut down to the roots Now the dead man was being hauled away to the place where suicides are buried together with his tree for nobody dared to cut down the hanged man's rope I'll leave these lines without much comment; like it or don't I like him a lot Sorry but this was one of those really abstract fantastical compilations I didn't understand though I would think that the author loves food in particular fine dining a lot because a lot of the stories involve very elaborate descriptions of hearty Eastern European food in particular meats stews and soupsI completely was lost for this book And it didn't help that I waited for this book a long time even failing to get it once when I went to the library just for it and the second time paying to reserve it Too far out for my simple mind and I felt even worse reading about the fact that the author was living in poverty with his family most of his life and even had to self publish this book to submit it for a an award in the end he spent most of his prize money on publication and all its peripherals Life is a Dream apparently the last book of Krudy's published in his lifetime is a bit of a letdown after Sindbad and Sunflower We have lots of description of people eating and drinking and preparing food cabbage marrow sour lungs noodle soup etc but not so much the insight into our dreams desires and wickedness that Krudy displayed in his other books nor the fantastical prose excursions they engendered There are still hilarious descriptions of people but aside from some ironies about people's deluded certainties about where their lives are headed and the accompanying judgments about the people around them in the first two stories these stories don't really have much meat on the bones The fact that Deszo Kosztolanyi nominated him for the Hungarian PEN Club should give you indication that you're dealing with an extremely talented writer here Having spent the last year completely immersed in Hungarian literature I've come to the understanding that good writer in Hungary means many things It means you're a REALLY good writer you are unknown otherwise you are not an aloof academic you seem to think that most people are reading your works in front of a table populated with drinks food and cigars and you have read just about every Hungarian writer as they have Krudy is a major talent with either longer novels or short stories such as these He has all the style and wit of Antal Szerb but doesn't bother with Szerb's polite restraint or labrynthian intrigues Krudy is like Moricz in his observational prowess and Kosztolanyi in his playful style Krudy is also a bit fey and crepuscular like Schulz and Kafka at times Krudy uses food like the Cz film master Jan Svankmejer to serve as a point of creative departure If you can recall one of many moustaches soaked in beers and smeared into the back of a hand you can understand how fooddrink works in Krudy I will admit a bias in that I love books that involve people loving beer Rabelais Kosztolanyi Erofeev and promote Benjamin Franklin's notion that beer is living proof that god loves us and wants us to be happy Krudy states There is a mystery about beer that will never be fathomed by the mind of mere mortals The same applies to food as is the case in the opening story that involves a man eating the food that he supposes his dueling foe would eat to begin the process of vanuishing and consuming his enemy It's from the soil up and out with Krudy Another KrudySvankmeyer point of similarity is the Archimboldo ness of their comestible considerations food and drink makes the man and appreciating these component elements of the human form is appreciating life itself Krudy is also uite funny whilst being a bit dark like Schulz and even the Marx Brothers there is an observational wit to his humor that is hard not to love If someone told me that Krudy spent his finest moments chasing blonds around fountains and pulling faces over superfluous ill fitting spectacles I wouldn't be surprised In fact if there's a heaven and I get there and I meet Groucho I am going to attempt to win his favor by lending him knowing I'll never get it back being the greater part of honor my collection of Hungarian 20th Century writers Any man that loved Ring Lardner James Farrell and James Thurber would certainly love Moricz Szerb Kosztolanyi and Krudy This is lighter reading than Krudy's Sunflower short novel vs short stories but no less magical and enjoyable Life is a Dream is a collection of 10 short stories about Hungarian culture taverns and eating lots of eatingLife is not necessarily always a dream though By story here is what life is aboutLast Cigar at the Grey Arabian an impending dual a meal and a cigarThe Journalist and Death an impending dual and nerves and some eating too The Waiter’s Nightmare a man who cannot stop eatingThe Landlady or the Bewitched Guests a trampled cabbage or twoThe Undead A latter day Szindbad tale the hero dies under 'peculiar' circumstancesThe Apostle of Heavenly Scents a nose which changes shape and color and can determine the smell of just about every food and drinkBetty Nursemaid of the Editorial Office an editor who changes his lunch meal because he is entranced with what a fellow diner is eatingThe Green Ace a very long story with not that much foodOne Glass of Borovichka and Its Conseuences a drink with dire conseuences the title pretty much says it allThe Ejected Patron wherever he goes he cannot pay his billI wanted to read at last one book by a Hungarian author and selected this It is supposed to be a classic but I had not heard of it or its author I have read that some of his other books are much better Something to consider for the future