Embers – Sándor Márai

As Brasas is a stunning book dealing with a reunion of an old Hungarian general, Henrik, with an old friend, Konrad, in his castle in the Carpathian region. In this meeting, which occurs after forty years, we have the conversation of these two men oscillating between an idealized past and a decadent present. The conversations depict a distant time, traveling from childhood to adulthood of the two men, who lived the two great world wars. Even with the passing of time, a fact that occurred the last time they met still troubles the general, who is determined to discover the truth, which ends up serving to address other, broader issues.