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Gyula Krudy

Gyula Krudy

Sindbad in Cracow

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Read by Piotr Czarnota, recorded by Radiofonia Association.
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English translation: Katarzyna Krasoń

She finally managed to thread the needle. Sindbad remained silent so the girl, touched by that, asked him directly:

“And you? Where are you from?”

“Budapest.”

“Budapest?”

She looked at him as if with greater respect but immediately shrugged her shoulders and burst out laughing.

“From Budapest,” she said making a face. “I used to go to school in Cracow when we lived there. Do you know Cracow? Those dignified towers, bridges and palaces. Sometimes I dream about them. There was also a shop where we could get anything.”

“Would you like to see Budapest?” asked Sindbad quietly and gave her a long look in the eyes. “So do go there with me,” he said. His voice sounded light and captivating.

The girl blushed, grew serious, but shook her head waywardly like a child.

 

English translation: Katarzyna Krasoń
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Gyula Krudy

(1878-1933) writer and columnist, called a “Hungarian Proust”, author of more than 3 thousand short stories and 60 novels.
He was born of a misalliance and his parents – a lawyer and a maid – did not marry until the boy was 17. When Krúdy opposed his father’s wish that he became a lawyer, he got disinherited. He moved to Budapest to become a writer and earned his living there from publishing short stories and serialized novels.
It was not until the publication of his novel Sinbad’s Youth, describing the final years of the Habsburg Monarchy, in 1911 that he became really famous. To the character of Sinbad, lover of women, considered the writer’s alter ego, Krúdy returned many times later on. During World War I, his stories about Budapest were extremely popular. In the interwar period, the writer’s addiction to alcohol and gambling caused decrease in his popularity.
After his death, his works were forgotten until the moment when, in 1940, a Hungarian novelist, Sándor Márai, published Sinbad Comes Home, a fictionalized account of Krúdy's last day. From then on, Krúdy’s works have been re-published many times and discussed extensively. (mj)
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