Monday, January 22, 2007

hey Knopf, can we get a better picture of Marai on the book jacket of The Rebels??

Knopf/Borzoi has done a superb job of bringing Marai to English so far, in every way except the choice of author photo! The one they used on Embers, Casanova and now apparently The Rebels makes poor Marai look terrible.

Might I suggest one of these, especially Marai as a young man, as he wrote The Rebels at age 30:

EDIT: WHOOPS! This young man is not Marai, but the Hungarian novelist poet Radnóti Miklós! Damn you, Google Images.


Blogger Jessica Schneider said...

I agree about that photo- the man does look rather dour, esp when they say he suicided himself in 1989 or whenever it was.

1/24/2007 9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greetings for hungary !
It is touching really: a hungarian writer on an american culture blog..
You are Unbelievable my friend !

1/28/2007 2:23 AM  
Anonymous Balazs said...

Hy again! I agree with anonymus - yes - unbelievable friend of mine!

But I write because the young man on that picture is not Marai, it is on of the biggest Hungarian poet: Miklós Radnóti (or in Hungarian order: Radnóti Miklós). He was also one of the biggest people in the hungarian literature in the '30's but unfortunately he was killed be the nazis at the end of the second world war :((

From where did you take this photo? :)

1/28/2007 11:51 AM  
Blogger Erik said...

hah - whoops! Google Images told me it was Marai... Still, it would be nice to find a picture of Marai as a young man,

Thank you, both :)

1/28/2007 12:56 PM  
Anonymous balazs said...

not at all - i've searched young pictures of Márai, but i haven't find. There is a book with full of pictures and stories with Márai, in Hungary, but i haven't met with this book in my city, and i don't buy any book without seeing what does it conatains, so i'm so curious about it!

2/02/2007 1:10 PM  
Anonymous NL said...

Radnoti was a poet, not a novelist.


2/01/2008 12:50 AM  
Blogger gerda pfaff said...

Hi Balazs, Might you know the title and author of the book that contains photos pf Marai as a young man? I am looking to illustrate an article on his work and am having difficulties finding photos of him to use as illustrations. any help would be appreciated.

10/08/2008 8:40 AM  
Blogger Tinshed said...

As well as getting a better photo, I think they should get a better typesetter. I was very disappointed to see Ernő (that's an o with a double accute accent) mis-typeset as Ernõ (o with a tilde). While I know this can happen on web-pages and documents created on PCs if the right font isn't used, it is inexcusable that such an error occurs in a published book. I found it very distracting.

1/06/2009 6:08 PM  
Anonymous Bénédicte said...

Funny. I opened the Portraits of a Marriage for a review and thought to myself - oh no! not *that* photo again.

7/11/2011 12:09 PM  
Blogger Vati said...

You can find many pictures of Marai in the very interesting and well documented bio written by Ernö Zeltner "Sandor Marai, Ein Leben in Bildern" published by Piper Verlag.

9/19/2011 2:05 AM  

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