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Esther's Inheritance

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Written by Sandor MaraiAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Sandor Marai

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
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  • Publisher: Vintage
  • On Sale: October 6, 2009
  • Price: $14.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-4000-9666-4 (1-4000-9666-9)
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about this book

Anewly translated novel from the great rediscovered Hungarian writer: a tautly suspenseful story of unrequited love and its still vivid consequences twenty years later.
What is it to be in love with a pathological liar and fantasist? Esther is, and has been for the more than two decades since Lajos disappeared from her life. Now all these years later, Lajos is returning, and the news brings both panic and excitement. While no longer young and thoroughly skeptical about Lajos, Esther still remembers how incredibly alive she felt when he was around. His presence bewitches everyone, and the greatest part of his charm—and his danger—lies in the deftness with which he wields that delicate power. Friends rally round protectively, but Lajos’s arrival begins a day of high theater that will leave Esther’s life dramatically changed again.

“Márai is one of the greatmodern novelists, in the same league as Gabriel García Márquez.”
The Washington Post Book World
“Spellbinding.... A passionate tale.... Deliciously portentous: the deceptions woven around these characters introduce a sharp sliver of danger.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Deeply psychological.... Vivid and gripping....Pristinely wrought and breathtakingly incisive.”
Booklist (starred review)