Life Is a Dream by Gyula Krúdy

By Gyula Krúdy

Translated through John Batki

"Life is a Dream" (1931) is Gyula Krudy's magical selection of ten brief tales. making a global the place editors shoot themselves after a troublesome day's brunching, males attend duels incognito and fans fall out over salad dressing, "Life is a Dream" is a comic book, nostalgic, romantic and erotic glimpse into the Hungary of the early 20th century. Focussing at the negative and dispossessed, those stories of affection, nutrition, demise and intercourse are ironic and clever in regards to the human and the futility of existence, and reveal totally Krudy's wit and mastery of the shape.

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All right, all right! Now you can blubber all you want,” Baryba repeated like a refrain. He got rid of Polka, and remained a while longer in the cellar, stretched on a pile of potatoes, resting. ryba grinned, pleased with himself. He said aloud to Chebotarikha: “Well, you old featherbed, take that! ” And he showed her a fig in the dark. He came out of the cellar, squinting against the looked under the shed: Urvanka was puttering there, back to him. sun. He with his THE DRAGON 22 8 They were having tea closely, observing him.

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All day he lounged about in sweet idleness. At dusk he’d snooze off on the oven next to the purring Vaska. He ate his fill. VVhat a life! He ate from morning until night, until he'd break into sweat, until he couldn’t breathe. That a the way of the was house. In the moming—tea with and doughnuts baked buns would sit there in her white that) , a kerchief “Why do you on steamed milk, with all sorts of with buttermilk. Chebotarikha night jacket (not so white at her head. ryba would ask. they taught you?

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