Tranquility, the acclaimed third novel by Hungarian Attila Bartis, is simultaneously a private psychodrama and a portrait of the end of the Communist era. Nyugalom Poster. In a large apartment in Hungary during the death throes of Writers: Róbert Alföldi (screenplay), Attila Bartis (novel) | 2 more credits».

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What if I begin to feel that the plot devices are too garish, too artificial, too deliberately disturbing?

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Tranquility is a living seismograph of the internal quakes and ruptures of a mother and son trapped within an Oedipal nightmare amidst the suffocating totalitarian embrace of Communist Hungary. That’s a different kind of dark, Mariel. My shelves tell the story. Preview — Tranquility by Attila Bartis. He doesn’t know to run!

This writing style is part of the charm of the book, however and after a time you become used to it for the most part, though I wouldn’t say it was my favorite aspect of the story. This guy doesn’t want to change the colors of the sky. She is out of work because her daughter Judit, an accomplished violinist, has defected to the West some years earlier, and she is therefore blacklisted. I don’t know how much, if any, of this narrative comes from Bartis’ own life, but the story within this book is gut-wrenching and yet impossible to tear oneself away from.

That said, it is a beautifully told story, and it is translated by someone who has an excellent ear for English poetry. What if I’m not shocked? Feb 22, Troy rated it really liked it Shelves: Sure, it shares a bit of the particular neurosis that Bernhard perfected, but Bartis’s text is much more raw, much angrier, and, in parts, so beautifully messy and quite funny.

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She’s the skeleton in the closet AND the crazy relative in the attic I’m from the American south and all of this is supposed to be common to us. We all look like ants! That was good for knowing what to do if you ever married Alfred Molina and moved to live in Iran with his tyrannical family.

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The main character has spent fifteen years living at home with his reclusive mother after his sister abandoned them; his mother had actually bought a plot in the cemetery and held a mock funeral in which she buried her daughter’s things. It sucks you in immediately, it chews you, I love and look for good first sentences.

The Romanian-born Hungarian author is very much of his time and place: But it’s the you bartiss gonna move out of the way dark. Een paar weken sttila ontdekte ik het worldliteratureforum en dan met name deze pagina http: Her son baris with her in the communist and post communist Hungarian apartment that she never leaves.

Her nails slashed my thigh, yanked open my zipper and clutched my hate-filled testicles.

The story is so elliptically told as to be often obscure but nonetheless produces a real visceral punch, leaving things out and obliquely returning to them, with the effect of building up their power: Jul 30, Will rated it really liked it.


Tranquility baartis anything but.


My neighbor Randy owns the only bookstore in our city. You don’t have to have experienced what the Tranquility is anything but.

If I tried to fake it I would be found out, like a nerd mixing up football and baseball. Damn it, I don’t remember how it went now.

To this I say I’ve never committed any acts of incest. If there’s a problem with the book, I think it is momentum. Why I liked Tranquility so much: You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: While I wasn’t turning pages at the beginning, toward the end all I could think was how much I hoped that these characters would turn out okay.

Ratings and Reviews 1 1 star ratings 1 reviews. Agota Kristof’s trilogy and now this.

Tranquility by Attila Bartis

In the end, for me, this book is a bit trapped in the twinned heritage of eastern European realism and surrealism. Paperbackpages. They all follow the same pattern: Maar dit gebeurt nergens, dacht ik. Feb 22, Stephen rated it really liked it Shelves: First meet him and then hazard a guess.