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Eder on Sándor Márai

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Now LAT book reviewer emeritus, Richard Eder reads and writes about what he wants. He has most recently reviewed Esther's Inheiritance, by the Hungarian expat Sándor Márai, who committed suicide in San Diego in 1989.

The English translation is another Knopf rescue; Marai is not only part of the European 20th century canon, but he is credited as being among the first to review Kafka. Unlike Kafka, however, Márai wrote in his native central European tongue, and not German.

I don't believe this book has been reviewed much in print elsewhere, though you can get a flavor for it here at the blog brain drain.