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Book Title: Verlockung|
The author of the book: János Székely
ISBN 13: 9783865550156
Edition: Schirmer Graf
Date of issue: 2005
Format files: PDF
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"Working within the picaresque fiction tradition -- representing, perhaps, the best form for the so-called socially conscious fiction -- Pen has written a novel which is most effective when it dramatizes the routine events of the peasant life in the country villages or the hounded existence of the Budapest workers." - Frederick Brantley, The New York Times Book Review
"Temptation is a mix of Charles Dickens and Vicki Baum, and it is, in many parts overheated. Six hundred pages of hardship ! But there's enough humour (and Béla's almost constant good cheer or at least optimism), as well as enough of the other side of life (in the hotel)) to make for a fairly consistently gripping and entertaining read. And the local squalour-colour -- both in the village and in Budapest -- is impressive too.
Not great literature, but a solid, entertaing read with quite a bit to it."
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Read information about the authorJános Székely (born 7 July 1901 in Budapest, died 16 December 1958 in East Berlin) was a Hungarian writer and screenwriter. His best-known work is the 1949 autobiographical novel Kísértés (Temptation).
He published some of his books under the pen name John Pen. Further alternative names of his were Hans Székely and John S. Toldy. At the age of 18, he fled World War I, from Hungary to Germany. In Berlin, he wrote numerous screenplays for silent movie stars like Brigitte Helm, Willy Fritsch, Marlene Dietrich and Emil Jannings. Ernst Lubitsch in 1934 invited him to work in Hollywood. In 1938 he emigrated to the United States and became a sought-screenwriter for silent and sound films. In 1940 he was awarded the Academy Award for Best Story for Arise, My Love. In the McCarthy era, he left the United States, moved to Mexico, and in 1957 to East Berlin to work with DEFA.
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