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The Rebels

Sandor Marai

It is May 1918, war is sweeping Europe, and a group of boys await graduation in their near-deserted town. Drawn close by an unspoken fear of leaving home to fight, they retreat into a clandestine world of codes, hideaways and fierce invention – until one day a stranger enters their lives and their secret is exposed.

From the great Hungarian author of Embers, The Rebels is the story of a final, precious summer: a haunting novel of youthful exuberance burning in the face of irrevocable change.

‘Great qualities of deep, cynical realism combined with a wild, sometimes surrealistic sense of beauty’ Sunday Times

‘Elegant, languid and almost subversive. To read it is an experience that leaves one fully alert’ Irish Times

‘Delicate brilliance . . . perfect and unforgettable detail, like a landscape in the last moments before darkness falls’ Literary Review


Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 978033045455101
Published: 07/11/2008

Sandor Marai

Sandor Marai

Sándor Márai was born in Kassa, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in 1900, and died in San Diego, California, in 1989. He rose to fame as one of the leading literary novelists in Hungary in the 1930s. Profoundly anti-fascist, he survived World War II, but persecution by the Communists drove him from the country in 1948. He went into exile, first in Italy, then in the United States.

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