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Dered by the high commandHome for Zombory Moldov n while welcome is unspeakably strange His affliction as the war went on would acuire the term shell shock which soldiers on other fronts under constant shell fire would also have to endure For the rest of the country as yet untouched by war people try either to lead as much of a normal life as possible when it becomes clear to them after the initial excitement of late July 1914 that the war would not be a uick one Or others among the civilian populace eg Zombory Moldov n s Uncle B la whom he visited during his convalescent leave wax ever patriotic believing in ultimate victory for the Empire Months pass and Zombory Moldov n remains restless and aimless Before he is expected back by the army for an evaluation to re assess his fitness for a return to active service Zombory Moldov n travels by train to Fiume on the Adriatic Sea where he stays with the Mauser family The roar of the sea and the surrounding area are a soothing balm for Zombory Moldov n He takes up painting again with relish He is also joined some time later by his fellow artist and close friend Ervin The 3 weeks spent in Fiume bring joy and a renewed sense of inner peace for Zombory Moldov n But as it begins to become clear that Italy may soon enter the war against its ally Austria Hungary the date is March 1915 he has to return home and back to reality It was time to say oodbye or rather to part I thanked the Mausers sincerely for all they had done to lift me up from my fallen state Mama Mauser was moved to tears So a little was I Auf Wiedersehen am nachsten Winter Im Weihnachten ist hier auch sehr schon I promised that I wouldI had to rise early as my train left Fiume in the morning But the whole family had beaten me to it I left the drawings I had done of the Virgin Widow girls as a memento and I had ordered two huge bouuets of roses one for each day I had spent with them red roses for Elsa the youngest daughter white ones for Miri They put them in their windows from where they waved to me as long as they could still see anything of my departing cabAuf WiedersehenI stood by the window all the way to Lic From here a thousand meters up I caught one lastlimpse of the panorama of islands lost in cobalt blue and violet and the endless seaI was wholly absorbed by this memoir which comes HIGHLY RECOMMENDED In this memoir of the first eight months of World War I the author a Hungarian painter from the educated classes called up to be an officer in the Austro Hungarian army moves from uarded optimism over the outcome of the war to a resigned pessimism after being nearly killed in one of the first battles He sees countless casualties ets injured and sent home to recuperate and then wanders around the countryside as he tries to heal so he can return to active dutyThe prose is elegiac for a world crumbling around him Zombory Moldovan the author succinctly notes the swiftly changing mood of a populace promised easy and uick victory only to succumb to the realities of modern warfare As an artist he is particularly sensitive and attuned to things he may never see again to people s emotions and actions and his own mortality Never slipping into morbidity he The Eternal Ice (Magic: The Gathering: Ice Age Cycle, gives the reader a rather bleak picture of his future and that of the Austro Hungarian EmpireZombory Moldovan never finished his memoir and became a non entity during the years of Communism It s a wistful and almost sad affair this memoir but touchingly beautiful causing me to tear up on a few occasions The translation by his Englishrandson is lucid and flowing Worth reading to Night And Day get the viewpoint from an officer of the Central Powers This compelling memoir by B la Zombory Moldov n a Hungarian artist and illustrator is at once both historically insightful and deeply personal It spans the eight months from the outbreak of WW1 at the end of July 1914 to the spring of the following year a period that resulted in sustained losses to the Austro Hungarian forces the nature of which left an indelible mark on Hungary in the years and decades that followed It s a remarkable piece of work very moving in its depiction of the experiences of the war through the reflections of one man Highly recommended reading especially for anyone with an interest in the Great War or the Austro Hungarian Empire ineneralYou can read my review her. Alized the end of a way of life of a whole worldPublished 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.
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Of that here a very small part of the book The book was Tennessee Takedown / Ravens Hollow gripping at the start as BZMoes for an early morning swim to ease his hangover only to meet the beach attendant bringing shocking news Good morning He stopped Well I say The Cowboy Takes a Bride (The Bridal Bid goodbye now He struggled a little with the Hungarian Why You re not leaving are you Leaving I musto in the army There is Michaels Discovery (The Devaneys going to be war What are you talking about Aghast I stared at him Please The notice is there on the wall of the bathing station As if in a trance Irasped the hand he was holding out to me mechanically I thanked him for his services and Shotgun Wedding (Silhouette Yours Truly, gave him a five korona piece Then I raced to the bathing station It was all shut up and on its wall was a notice which listed call up dates by year of birth I was to report for This was riveting and tremendously valuable historically It is the only firsthand account of WWI I have ever read from a Hungarian I had the fictionalized account from Kate Seredy s lovely The Singing Tree But this is a fascinating first person account of a sensitive man an artist drafted into the officer corps His actual fighting time as covered in this memoir was short but his account is very moving This was actually discovered and translated by the author srandson who also wrote the introduction Haunting Last year I read nine novels about World War I from authors of the various participant countries None of them captured the act of death in war as vividly as this abbreviated memoir B la Zombory Moldov n was a Hungarian artist called up as the War begins He was made an ensign in command of troops although nothing except class seems to be the prereuisite for his assignment He acuitted himself well if only because he did not run at the worst of it Wounded a head wound and he leaves the War But no one really leaves the WarHis body would heal eventually but he would not serve in battle again But first recuperating on leave he traveled to the Adriatic There at the coastal town of Lovrana he clambered alone among the rocks and observed the marvelous spectacle of perfect waves being formedI was filled with happiness The war had ceased to exist There was uiet there was peace I was alone and nature scattered her beauty before me All I had to do was pick it up and present it to mankind in all his follyHe took out his watercolors British watercolors for those who like irony and watching wave after wave crashing against a rocky spur he began to paint hoping to abstract the wave This memoir by B la Zombory Moldov n is both elegiac and deeply affecting It begins in late July 1914 at an Adriatic resort where the author is celebrating with friends This pleasant idyll is cruelly broken on July 28th when word is received that war has been declared on Serbia Zombory Moldov n at 29 is at the start of a career as a successful artist and illustrator and feels no euphoria or excitement about Life Changing Smiles going back into the Austro Hungarian Army where 5 years earlier he had fulfilled his obligatory year of military service After all he is a man filled with plans and the urge to create I was born to create and I loathe destruction of any kindNevertheless after a brief spell at home and exploring many of his usual haunts Zombory Moldov n reports to his unit the 31st Regiment of the Royal Hungarian Army early in August and spends the remainder of the month in training Due to his prior military experience he isiven officer rank Ensign and put in charge of one of the regiment s platoons Zombory Moldov n s descriptions of the various personalities in his unit and the surrounding villages and landscape are fascinating shedding considerable light on the dynamics of a polyglot army Czechs Slovaks Hungarians Croats Austrians and a society now living on borrowed time And indeed time is running out Zombory Moldov n s unit is on the march by early September to Galicia the easternmost province of the country bordering Czarist Russia to fight the Russians who had entered the war in support of its ally Serbia His introduction to combat is at once jarring chaotic and traumatic Men and horses are cut down indiscriminately by heavy artillery fire and the staccato chatter of rifles and machine Innocent Sins (Harlequin Presents, guns Zombory Moldov n himself is wounded in the head which temporarily affects some of his motor skills He is lucky to avoid capture in theeneral retreat that is or. Nd 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 normal life which now struck him as unspeakably strange He had witnessed he re.
In this year of the centenary of World War One it is valuable to recall what happened during those war years when the Only a Whisper geography the culture the peoples of Europe were changed so drastically and theroundwork for future unrest and war was also laid The Burning of the World is one man s journal of his experiences during the first year of the war the early days initial battles being home on leave after injury There is a curious feeling of detachment in much of this journal but then it was written without the intention for publication as a personal reminder of events and life Where emotion occasionally erupts most clearly it seems to be in the form of bitterness during battle and happiness or pleasure when contemplating the natural world or attempting to capture it with his painting while on leave All else is reported factually and sometimes with apparent distanceThere is an excellent introduction which explains the historical setting of Hungary in that time Hungary being the weaker partner of Germany in this war It also discusses Bela s wanderings while on leave the wanderings that seem so detached According to the introduction There are intriguing echoes here of the early twentieth century texts of the city as locus of alienation and memory It is a uintessentially modern predicament dislocation the fruitless search to recover a past that was once whole and charged with meaning loc 150One example of Bela s reaction on hearing the news of war He is on vacation at the time We sat silently a Copper Lake Secrets good while watching thelittering sky and listening to the demented rasping of the cicadas Everything as it was yesterday The death of one man of a hundred of a million is nothing to nature s hurdy Brooklyn's Song gurdy Everythingoes on as before Perhaps it is only man that makes such a fuss about dying The dining room had changed All the usual convivial noise larking about and tittering had ceased The Men Are Like Waffles--Women Are Like Spaghetti Devotional Study Guide guests had nowathered at separate tables according to their nationalities loc 273So this journal does have its moments to contribute but it does not rise to the emotional highs or cover the emotional depths of others that are written ofin this same time period A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review An interesting little memoir covering WWI for a few reasons The introduction ave a short and understandable history of Hungary up to WWI and includes the astonishing number of Hungarian casualties suffered during the warThe book describes the early days of WWI from the Hungarian soldier s viewpoint including how woefully inadeuate and outdated their training order of battle and euipment were The book covers the confusion of wounded soldier suffering from PTSD who returns to a world were nothing has changedAnd the writer was an educated man an artist His writing was expressive small nuances were highlighted and he retained his sense of humour After reading Gabriel Chevallier s Fear a fictionalized account of his experiences in WWI I read an entirely different account written from the Hungarian view The Burning of the World a Memoir of 1914 by B la Zombory Moldov n While the narrator in Fear conveys the initial na ve sentiment that many men looked forward to the war as an adventure a break in their monotonous lives B la Zombory Moldov n B la from thi Many thanks to the New York Review of Books for letting me read this book ahead of its publication in exchange for an honest reviewAs a historical document and personal testimony I think this text has enormous value but I m not so sure it stands on its own as a piece of literature I don t know if the writing s constant choppiness and abruptness is due to the translation or the fact that this piece of writing is a personal journal that was never kept for publication but the overall effect is one of detachment and distance that ultimately suashes any possibility for real emotional power It may have also been a uestion of authorial voice and editing I could never fully immerse myself into the narrative flow being constantly pulled in and out of the account because of the style and the author s own ambivalence towards his surroundings In th 3 Stars is a bit enerous because I was expecting something substantial on the fighting that occurred in the east in August September 1914 There is little. Publishing during the 100th Anniversary of World War I An NYRB Classics Original The budding young Hungarian artist Béla Zombory Moldován was abroad on holiday when World War I broke out in August 1914 Called up by the army he soon fou.