Books George Szirtes Books by George Szirtes George Szirtes has written books about: Fiction Literary Fiction Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about George Szirtes Three Books... Disaster Strikes! Three Books Where Things Go Awry October 8, 2012 A book without suffering or struggle can only be described as one thing: boring. For Three Books, author Will Wiles writes about his favorite literary misadventures. Do you have a favorite book about everything going wrong? Tell us in the comments. Sandor Marai, (whose given name was Sandor Karoly Henrik Grosschmid), was forced to leave Hungary in 1948, when communist rule overtook the country. He later lived in Italy and San Diego, Calif. hide caption toggle caption The Week's Best Stories From NPR Books 70 Years Later, A New Chance To Read 'Marriage' February 17, 2011 Back in print after 70 years, Sandor Marai's gorgeous Hungarian novel about infidelity and shattered love still resonates with surprises. Excerpt: 'Esther's Inheritance' December 4, 2008 I don't know what else God has in store for me. But before I die I want to write down what happened the day Lajos visited me for the last time and robbed me. Karinthy's Kafkaesque Classic In Translation At Last October 15, 2008 Budai boards the wrong plane and finds himself trapped in an unknown country. The comparison to Kafka is apt, but Metropole's Hungarian author Ferenc Karinthy reaches more for comedy than torment.