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- DescriptionPublishing during the 100th Anniversary of the First World War An NYRB Classics Original The budding young Hungarian artist Bela Zombory-Moldovan was on holiday when the First World War broke out in July 1914. Called up by the army, he soon found himself hundreds of miles away, advancing on Russian lines-or perhaps on his own lines-and facing relentless rifle and artillery fire. Badly wounded, he returned to rmal life, which w struck him as unspeakably strange. He had witnessed, he realized, the end of a way of life, of a whole world. Recently discovered among private papers and published here for the first time in any language, this extraordinary reminiscence is a deeply moving addition to the literature of the terrible war that defined the shape of the twentieth century.
- Author BiographyBELA ZOMBORY-MOLDOVAN (1885-1967) was born in Munkacs (now Mukachevo), in the east of what was then the Kingdom of Hungary, part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest, he established himself as a painter, illustrator, and graphic artist. Wounded in action in 1914, he served the rest of the war in noncombatant duties. He enjoyed some renown, especially as a portrait painter, during the interwar years and was the principal of the Budapest School of Applied Arts from 1935 until his dismissal by the Communist regime in 1947. Out of official favor and artistic fashion in the postwar years, he devoted himself to the quiet landscapes in oils and watercolor that are his finest work. The writing of his recently discovered memoirs probably also dates from these years of seclusion. PETER ZOMBORY-MOLDOVAN is the grandson of Bela Zombory-Moldovan. In addition to translating The Burning of the World, he has also co-translated Arthur Schnitzler's Reigen and is currently working on an adaptation of Bertolt Brecht's Furcht und Elend des Dritten Reiches for the London stage. He lives in London.
- Author(s)Bela Zombory-Moldovan,Peter Zombory-Moldovan
- PublisherThe New York Review of Books, Inc
- Date of Publication05/08/2014
- SubjectAutobiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNYRB Classics
- Weight196 g
- Width128 mm
- Height204 mm
- Spine130 mm
- Translated byPeter Zombory-Moldovan
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