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  • Paperback
  • 233 pages
  • Kornél Esti
  • Dezső Kosztolányi
  • English
  • 24 March 2019
  • 0811218430

Kornél Esti[PDF / Epub] ★ Kornél Esti By Dezső Kosztolányi – Essayreview.co.uk Crazy, funny and gorgeously dark, Korn l Esti sets into rollicking action a series of adventures about a man and his wicked doppleg nger, who breathes every forbidden idea of his childhood into his ea Crazy, funny and gorgeously dark, Korn l Esti sets into rollicking action a series of adventures about a man and his wicked doppleg nger, who breathes every forbidden idea of his childhood into his ear, and then reappears decades laterPart Gogol, part Chekhov, and all brilliance, Kosztol nyi in his final book serves up his most magical, radical, and intoxicating work Here is a novel which inquires What if your id loyally keeping your name decides to strike out on its own, cuts a disreputable swath through the world, and then sends home to you all its unpaid bills and ruined maidens And then What if you and your alter ego decide to write a book together.


About the Author: Dezső Kosztolányi

Dezs Kosztol nyi was a famous Hungarian poet and prose writerKosztol nyi was born in Szabadka Subotica in , then part of the Austro Hungarian Empire, but which now lies in northern Serbia The city serves as a model for the fictional town of S rszeg, in which he set his novel Skylark as well as The Golden Kite Kosztol nyi studied at the University of Budapest, where he met the poets Mih ly Babits and Gyula Juh sz, and then for a short time in Vienna before quitting and becoming a journalist a profession he stayed with for the rest of his life In , he replaces the poet Endre Ady, who had left for Paris, as a reporter for a Budapest daily In , his first volume of poems The Complaints of a Poor Little Child brought nationwide success and marked the beginning of a prolific period in which he published a book nearly every year In , he died from cancer of the palateThe literary journal Nyugat Hungarian for West , which played an invaluable role in the revitalization of Hungarian literature, was founded in and Kosztol nyi was an early contributor, part of what is often called the first Nyugat generation , publishing mainly in poetryStarting in the s he wrote novels, short stories, and short prose works, including Nero, the Bloody Poet to the German edition of which Thomas Mann wrote the introduction , Skylark, The Golden Kite and Anna des In he published a volume of verse harkening back to his early work, entitled The Complaints of the Sad ManKosztol nyi also produced literary translations in Hungarian, such as from English, at least Shakespeare s Romeo and Juliet , The Winter s Tale , Lewis Carroll s Alice in Wonderland , Thornton Wilder s The Bridge of San Luis Rey , Lord Alfred Douglas memoirs on Oscar Wilde and Rudyard Kipling s If He was the first authentic translator of Rilke s poetry, and he worked a Hungarian masterpiece after Paul Val ry s Cimetiere Marin.


10 thoughts on “Kornél Esti

  1. says:

    For the rest of 2012, I m just going to quote this book instead of having conversations.

  2. says:

    One of the great things about Goodreads is there is always somebody who is better read in a subject than you are So when I was a few chapters into this crazy book, liking it a lot, but not sure it was what I thought it was, I sought out other reviews Chuck LoPresti is far better suited to review this than I am Read his review to understand what this book is.Suffice it to say, I was agog that people are people no matter what era they re in This book, originally published in Hungarian in 1933, One of the great things about Goodreads is there is always somebody who is better read in a subject than you are So when I was a few chapters into this crazy book, liking it a lot, but not sure it was what I thought it was, I sought out other reviews Chuck LoPresti is far better suited to review this than I am Read his review to understand what this book is.Suffice it to say, I was agog that people are people no matter what era they re in This book, originally published in Hungarian in 1933, exposes people s ids and egos in the most ingenious way Although it takes place in vignettes throughout the 1890s and beyond, one might easily plug in today s selfie obsessed people s Facebook furies and there were so many stories that personally resonated for me, making me laugh, groan, and finally sigh with pleasure.The satire is sharp ranging from material that requires historical knowledge of Hungarian and German literati that I lack, to targets that are freakishly appropriate for our current politics and the writing is gorgeous Also, the self contained vignette chapters some much better than others lend themselves to the kind of interrupted reading sessions I did once you know who or what Korn l Esti is, you will be informed enough to pick up reading anywhere in the book Since I was negotiating a sick dog and learning to use an iPad, which made my hair follicles hurt, I abandoned the book for days at a time, so I particularly enjoyed its style.One complaint I always prefer paper books to e books, but you may do better with an e book The font in the 2011 New Directions paperback is so tiny and packed together that it impinges on reading pleasure You can read it, but if you look away and then look back, the density of the text is off putting

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    I read the author s Skylark and found it sneaky brilliant I was unaware of this, his final work, when I was stocking up for an extended self isolation It s unlike anything I ve ever read.A kind of a novel, it begins with the author re uniting with his alter ego, the eponymous Korn l Esti His use here is in the vein of I didn t do it it was HIM What follows is a series of vignettes, or observations It would be a short story collection except for its structural evolution The author or his I read the author s Skylark and found it sneaky brilliant I was unaware of this, his final work, when I was stocking up for an extended self isolation It s unlike anything I ve ever read.A kind of a novel, it begins with the author re uniting with his alter ego, the eponymous Korn l Esti His use here is in the vein of I didn t do it it was HIM What follows is a series of vignettes, or observations It would be a short story collection except for its structural evolution The author or his alter ego meet A mother and daughter in a train compartment the daughter, a little odd, gives the narrator his first kiss Talking to Esti, how he inherited oodles of money and tried to give it all away The author s first day at school Again in a train compartment with a Turkish Grandmother, mother, and daughter another kiss Spending a day in the best hotel in the world Elinger, who saves him from drowning, but then is so annoying that he has to be drowned.My favorite vignette was about the President who, inter alia, had to be present at various artistic lectures After introducing the speaker, he invariably fell asleep There is, it seems, an art to that.As always with the best satire, there are lessons just behind the laughs

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    Second read through Kosztolanyi s final novel and of what is translated into English his best Based on the premise that you can t be an interesting writer if you re not an interesting person Kosztolanyi splits his identity to maximize his potential There are many facets to this episodic adventure and it really lends itself to re reading The most obvious comparison is the Swift like consideration of how varied environments provoke varied responses A good writer should be able to draw from Second read through Kosztolanyi s final novel and of what is translated into English his best Based on the premise that you can t be an interesting writer if you re not an interesting person Kosztolanyi splits his identity to maximize his potential There are many facets to this episodic adventure and it really lends itself to re reading The most obvious comparison is the Swift like consideration of how varied environments provoke varied responses A good writer should be able to draw from a life lead with courage and attention to detail and this is exactly what id is drum fill please, thank you Esti is the id the instinctual to K.s ego Kosztolanyi warns that the governing of life is exactly the problem and Esti will not be governed nor would he be much of a writer without a less chaotic mindset Esti is tossed and shoved through his stories with little ability to control situations but a very strong attention to detail which renders all experience as a rich set of signifiers that illuminate life The story breaks down into several vignettes that reinforce these central themes Some aredirect than others but all are held together by two obvious elements Kosztolanyi s amazing writing skill and the cyclopean vision of an aging man who sees his own death on the horizon makes this just as poingnant as it is entertaining Death seems to lurk behind many of the stories and the contrast of the finality of death with the vibrance of life makes for a very long, low, and sonorous wavelength This is one of my favorite writers and largely because he really respects and loves his readers His words are funny, richly detailed and often very beautiful His passion for life is obvious and his need to reconcile death as the work of the philosopher will be familiar to any reader of Montaigne Those who have read the recently discovered work of Khrzizhanovsky will appreciate Kosztolanyi s ability to write around the concept of a great idea Non verbal communication, material excess and the nature of friendship and self identification are a few of the central concepts that are encapsulated as brilliant episodes that will not soon leave your memory There are just so many elements to love about this work, Kosztolanyi has an epicurean passion about food and drink that seems common amongst the best Hungarian writers Krudy, Banffy, Moricz, Orkeny, Zilahy, and Dery to name a few and his Rabelaisean joy of life is present on every page His intelligence is never selfish and always apparent.Every once in a while a book comes along that makes me want to buy a case of copies so I can distribute them to everyone I m remotely interested in sharing pleasure with This bound with Gargantua and Pantagruel and a volume of Kharms short stories would be the perfect grouping Another point of comparison would be Zoschenko who used humor and rapier like wit to entertain and critique society at the same time If you found Swift to be a bit too condescending and Rabelais a bit too rambling and indulgent you should consider Kornel Esti as the perfect balance between bawdy joy and social criticism And now that my work desk appears before me, this review can only fade away as the walls of sleep have become indistinguishable from the cubicle that serves chiefly as a bulletin board for my 4 year old daughter s increasingly awesome drawings I hope one day she will read this review, this book and the dedication to her that I ve penned on the inside cover If Salinger has read this he might have added a fewquotes to Buddy s wall This is one of my most cherished reads and I can t fawn enough over Kosztolanyi only Harpo Marx brings me as much joy as an entertainer

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    Description Crazy, funny and gorgeously dark, Korn l Esti sets into rollicking action a series of adventures about a man and his wicked doppleg nger, who breathes every forbidden idea of his childhood into his ear, and then reappears decades later.Part Gogol, part Chekhov, and all brilliance, Kosztol nyi in his final book serves up his most magical, radical, and intoxicating work Here is a novel which inquires What if your id loyally keeping your name decides to strike out on its own, cutsDescription Crazy, funny and gorgeously dark, Korn l Esti sets into rollicking action a series of adventures about a man and his wicked doppleg nger, who breathes every forbidden idea of his childhood into his ear, and then reappears decades later.Part Gogol, part Chekhov, and all brilliance, Kosztol nyi in his final book serves up his most magical, radical, and intoxicating work Here is a novel which inquires What if your id loyally keeping your name decides to strike out on its own, cuts a disreputable swath through the world, and then sends home to you all its unpaid bills and ruined maidens And then What if you and your alter ego decide to write a book together Opening I In which the writer introduces and unveils Korn l Esti, the sole hero of this book. I HAD PASSED THE MIDPOINT OF MY LIFE, WHEN ONE WINDY day in spring, I remembered Korn l Esti I decided to call on him and revive our former friendship.Many times my eyes have slid over Fiume where it raised a in my necktop computer Korn l Esti will henceforth be remembered as the book where I veered off into finding out the goodswas an independent free state which existed between 1920 and 1924 Its territory of 28 km2 11 sq mi comprised the city of Fiume now in Croatia and, since the end of World War II, known as Rijeka and rural areas to its north, with a corridor to its west connecting it to Italy. wiki sourced Picture finding a friend during those traumatic first days at school, and then years later, you decide to sit down and write a book with that friend, well that is, in a nutshell, what this book is about It is vital to mention that this edition is in tiny print using silver grey ink absolutely dreadful on the eyes

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    Flabbergasted, I stared at these nightmare figures, who had certainly either in my imagination or in real life at one time lived and breathed, and were now black and dead and cold, like glowing embers after they ve cooled, died down, and crumbled to ash I didn t know them They, however, knew me and recognized me Some I told them to go and see Kornel At that they smiled Asked for a personal description of him And at that they derisively pointed at me They asked for his address There I Flabbergasted, I stared at these nightmare figures, who had certainly either in my imagination or in real life at one time lived and breathed, and were now black and dead and cold, like glowing embers after they ve cooled, died down, and crumbled to ash I didn t know them They, however, knew me and recognized me Some I told them to go and see Kornel At that they smiled Asked for a personal description of him And at that they derisively pointed at me They asked for his address There I couldn t really help them My friend was most of the time traveling abroad, sleeping on aircraft, stopping here and there for a day or two, and to the best of my knowledge had never yet registered with the police Kornel Esti certainly existed, but he was no legal entity So however innocent I know myself to be of all these terrible crimes, the case against me didn t look good For Kornel s sake I didn t expose myself to the unpleasantness of confrontation I had taken upon myself all his debts, his tricks, his dishonesty, as if I were responsible for them all.Although Dezso Kosztolanyi s triumph, Kornel Esti, was written in 1933, it feels contemporary and fresh with a perfect balance of style and imagination as anything you might read in McSweeney s or the New Yorker Kornel Esti is a collection of vignettes, touching, comical and surreal, based on the idea that we all have two lives the one we live and the one we want to live And if you re artist, do you experience life as art or do you sacrifice that in order to be an artist Throughout the fragments of the narrator s life, which is stolid and quiet, he invents his alter ego, Kornel Esti, who he allows to do all the things he can t When he is young, Kornel encourages and seduces him to do things that he is not supposed to do With the aplomb of a true imp, he encouraged me to say dirty words, one after another, to watch girls getting changed through cracks in cubicles in the summer, and to pester them during class with my improper desires he made me smoke my first cigarette and drink my first glass of palinka he gave me a taste for the pleasures of the flesh, gluttony and fornication And as he goes through life, the warring factions of his consciousness, good vs not so good, flesh out into a truly unique character When he is an adult and confronted with a weeping widow who knows of his written works, he tells her I am not a good man, Esti protested inwardly I am a bad man Well, not a bad man Just like anybody else The fact that I retain my old, pure feelings only and exclusively for purposed of expression is a trick of the trade, a piece of technical wizardry, like that of the anatomist who can keep a heart or a section of brain tissue that hasn t had a feeling or thought for ages in formaldehyde for years and years Life had left me numb, like it does everybody who reaches a certain age Despite this confession, he helps her Even after he helps her repeatedly, she remains unhappy and he is driven to shake her with frustration, realizing that he continued to help her out of some need of his own just as much as she wanted to to remain unhappy In another vignette, he happens upon the greatest hotel in the world A hotel where everything is free, he is serenaded to sleep by a chorus of male staff and awoken by a chorus of female staff, and the hotel help resemble famous personalities like Schopenhauer and Edison In the end, he forgets to pay his hotel bill and comes to the conclusion that to pay such a wonderful hotel for its services would be gross tactlessness These are the imaginings and rationalizations captured in these stories of a life never lived Or fully lived, depending on how you look at it Within the stories of Kornel s life, there is an ephemeral albeit honest tinge of loss and the improbable At times I couldn t help but think that Robert Coover must have a picture of Kosztolanyi hanging above his desk for inspiration Kosztolanyi s style is so erudite and so real the reader immediately knows that they are in the hands of a rare and gifted storyteller.Because he was also a poet, the prose is precise and beautiful Like an expensive piece of clothing that we want but know we can t afford, Kosztolanyi offers us the dreams and realities that we can walk through but never experience And he makes us wonder what our lives would be like if we all had a Kornel Esti The line between art and life has never been clear, but sometimes it s better when it s not

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    He put a lighted candle in my hand Set fire to the curtains, he urged me Set fire to the house Set the world on fire So many times, reading this book, I was struck by a scrap of dialogue, a description Sometimes, an entire vignette Kosztol nyi suffered from cancer of the palate and was aware, as he was writing, that he had little time left Granted, he was in poor health for much of his life, always poised for flight, in the words of one posthumous tribute The late poem Szamadas Acco He put a lighted candle in my hand Set fire to the curtains, he urged me Set fire to the house Set the world on fire So many times, reading this book, I was struck by a scrap of dialogue, a description Sometimes, an entire vignette Kosztol nyi suffered from cancer of the palate and was aware, as he was writing, that he had little time left Granted, he was in poor health for much of his life, always poised for flight, in the words of one posthumous tribute The late poem Szamadas Account , contains this line someone leaving would like to talk I see the novel as Kosztol nyi s parting gift to the world Live, he is telling us And don t take yourself so goddamned seriously. Accidents, I said All day long bricks have been falling, shop signs crashing down on the heads of passersby People have been slipping and falling on the icy sidewalks, hurting their hands, spraining their ankles, bleeding Houses and factories have been catching fire All sorts of things have been happening today Frost, heat, mist, sunshine, rain, rainbow, snow, blood, and fire It s spring.We sat down and lit cigarettes Korn l, I broke the silence, aren t you angry Me and he shrugged Idiot I can never be angry with you But you d have good reason Look, I was angry with you I was embarrassed by you in front of people that mattered, I ve had to get on, I ve denied you Haven t even looked in your direction for ten years But this afternoon when the wind whistled, I thought of you and felt remorse I m not young any I turned forty last week When you re not young, you mellow and you can forgive everything Even youth Let s make up I stretched out a hand Oh, you haven t changed, he scoffed Always so sentimental The title character, Korn l Esti, is the embodiment of the author s youthful spirit mischievous, naive, adventurous, idealistic, fearless The nighttime self Esti means evening that escapes only in dreams, unless one slides into insanity and gives it full reign Kosztol nyi, by the way, was a close friend of Freud s Hungarian disciple, S ndor Ferenczi, and underwent psychoanalysis at some point.Insanity haunts the pages of Korn l Esti, from an adolescent story where the character receives his first kiss in a train compartment from a girl who is on the verge of being locked away in an asylum to a tale about tricking his schizophrenic friend, P l, a fellow journalist, into entering a psychiatric ward This later story includes a poignant passage written from P l s point of view, when he finds himself alone, trapped, in his room He looked through the barred window into the garden on the weed ridden lawn, surrounded by sumac trees, flowers of hemlock swayed, white, like scraps of writing paper .Hemlock, the poison that Socrates drank willingly, evoking Plato s description of divine madness, the ecstasy known to philosophers, poets, and lovers Korn l needed that wild disorder, he sought it out, feeling it was essential for his creativity And yet he never wrote a word.Kosztol nyi, in contrast, kept a very tight reign on himself and was quite prolific From the age of 25 until his death, aged 51, he published a book a year, poetry, fiction, highly regarded translations of literary works in a variety of languages including Shakespeare, Goethe, Baudelaire, Oscar Wilde, Lewis Carroll, Thornton Wilder, Rilke, along with an anthology of Chinese and Japanese poetry Did he regret it, not living fully One man, the narrator confesses to Korn l when he proposes to write his alter ego s memoir, isn t enough to write and live at the same time

  8. says:

    Originally published in 1936, this is the seminal work of a famous Hungarian writer I was drawn to the book by its alluring description Crazy, funny and gorgeously dark, Korn l Esti sets into rollicking action a series of adventures about a man and his wicked doppleg nger, who breathes every forbidden idea of his childhood into his ear, and then reappears decades later.Sadly, I was disappointed Great introduction, but the book quickly degenerated into a series of what I found to be uneven sho Originally published in 1936, this is the seminal work of a famous Hungarian writer I was drawn to the book by its alluring description Crazy, funny and gorgeously dark, Korn l Esti sets into rollicking action a series of adventures about a man and his wicked doppleg nger, who breathes every forbidden idea of his childhood into his ear, and then reappears decades later.Sadly, I was disappointed Great introduction, but the book quickly degenerated into a series of what I found to be uneven short stories The longer they were, the less interesting they became Were author Dezso Kosztolanyi still alive, I would suggest the sage acronym of KISS, which is ironic giventhan one of the stories are about kisses

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    When I first opened this book I was expecting a type of 1930s Fight Club , with a Hungarian Tyler Durden causing mischief on the streets of Pest But what I got instead was a sort of surreal Hungarian Seinfeld with Dezso Kosztolagnyi and his alter ego Kornel Esti sitting eating soup and talking about well, nothing though with slightlyemotional depth And it is five different kinds of brilliant The writing on its own is worth the price of admission, many of Esti s short stories often When I first opened this book I was expecting a type of 1930s Fight Club , with a Hungarian Tyler Durden causing mischief on the streets of Pest But what I got instead was a sort of surreal Hungarian Seinfeld with Dezso Kosztolagnyi and his alter ego Kornel Esti sitting eating soup and talking about well, nothing though with slightlyemotional depth And it is five different kinds of brilliant The writing on its own is worth the price of admission, many of Esti s short stories often are set on trains, trams or Budapest coffee houses with other writers and mischief makers, just hanging out One of the better stories has Esti on a train travelling through Romania having a conversation in a language he doesn t understand a plot line which would have happily filled a half hour episode in Seinfeld In fact you could almost play a game Kornel Esti or Seinfeld 1 The sea was angry that day, my friends, like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli 2 Experience has taught me that much Whenever I m not paying attention to the conversation or don t understand something, I always say Yes This book may have been first published in the 1930s, but this has to be the best book of 2014

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    Sometimes in life comes an individual, a figure, which can single handedly portrait the societal role of the culture to which he she belongs This person can encompass and explain all of the traits to which the group as a whole molds and new understanding is reached Deszo Kosztolanyi explores these types of people in, Kornel Esti.The Hungarian master author Deszo Kosztolanyi vividly brings the story of a man and his life s adventures to the pages of Kornel Esti The novel combines elements of Sometimes in life comes an individual, a figure, which can single handedly portrait the societal role of the culture to which he she belongs This person can encompass and explain all of the traits to which the group as a whole molds and new understanding is reached Deszo Kosztolanyi explores these types of people in, Kornel Esti.The Hungarian master author Deszo Kosztolanyi vividly brings the story of a man and his life s adventures to the pages of Kornel Esti The novel combines elements of a memoir in the vein of the character Kornel but also a memoir of Kosztolanyi, himself , psychology piece, philosophical meandering, and a societal reflection to create an intricate, complex, and unique work typical to Kosztolanyi Kornel Esti doesn t follow a standard plot story arc and instead is somewhat of a vignette per chapter portrayal that actually works well to maintain a steady and readable pace with optimal interest points Kornel Esti seems like a simple novel and arguably is less layered than some of Kosztolanyi s other works readers are still left with food for thought and introspective inducers while being entertained with a floral, detailed, and lovely literary language Kosztolanyi is a master at the ratio of depth to fiction which is the main reason why Kornel Esti displays such strength.Although on the lighter side Kornel Esti features a character study of Kornel creating the prime vessel for philosophical tangents in various outlooks through Kornel s dialogues with other characters thus eliminating what could have been a complete bias from the author A expected from such a novel some chapters of Kornel Esti are stronger withimpact than others Despite this, the overall writing style and plot is even keel and beguiles the reader, nevertheless A highlight of the translation for non Hungarian speaking readers of Kornel Esti are the footnotes explaining some of the Hungarian terms which certainly comes in handy Also noticeable is the absence of the Hungarian inclusion present in Kosztolanyi s other novels which caterto Hungarian readers Kornel Esti is welcomes anyone from any culture With the progression of the pages of Kornel Esti Kosztolanyi emphasizes astream of consciousness philosophical approach which desensitizes the narrative feel of the novel but adds a considerable depth of thought to the reader.Noticeably, the concluding chapters of Kornel Esti are not only weaker than the former portions but also overall lack the magic that is expected per Kosztolanyi s other novels Consequentially, the ending is weak and there is an absence of any memorable flair Granted, Kornel Esti is not the type of fictional piece that requires a happily ever after or even a solid conclusion but no emotive response is aroused, at all Fans of Kosztolanyi s novel come to expect a high level of gripping written words from Deszo Kosztolanyi but Kornel Esti is one which is hit or miss based on the reader Although this novel is considered Kosztolanyi s masterpiece his other novels are muchmoving and solid Sadly, the pages lack the same essence and oomph that Kosztolanyi is used to producing Kornel Esti is suggested for those interested in Hungarian works or for those who must read all the writings of Kosztolanyi but it isn t necessarily the best and most reflective piece

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