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TEMPTATION

János Székely

  • Original Title: KISÉRTÉS
  • Publication date: January 1949
  • Publisher: Schirmer Graf
  • Country: HU
  • 812 print pages
  • Dramedy

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  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 20th century
  • Location setting: Hungary
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Surpassing oneself, Coming of age, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Poverty, Inequality, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social relations, Social climbing

Pitch

Hungary between the wars. Bela has just escaped his village childhood. Now, at 14, he moves to Budapest to stay with his young mother, a woman as hungry for life as he is. His decision stands firm: he'll leave poverty behind and conquer the fairytale world he sees around him.

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Translation rights sold: UK, US, France

The book stayed 4 weeks on the top 20 of the Spiegel Bestseller List.

János Székely (1901-1958) was a Hungarian writer and screenwriter. His best-known work is the 1949 autobiographical novel KÍSÉRTÉS (Temptation). In Berlin, he wrote numerous screenplays for silent movie stars. 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.

Summary

Hungary between the wars. Bela has just escaped his village childhood, sleeping on straw and working for his supper. Now, at fourteen, he moves to Budapest to stay with his young mother, a woman as hungry for life as he is. His decision stands firm: he wants to leave poverty behind and conquer the fairytale world he is now getting to know as a lift boy in a grand hotel. When the mysterious wife of His Excellency rings for him one night, Bela thinks his hour has come.

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  • Author’s biography

    János Székely (1901-1958) was a Hungarian writer and screenwriter.

    His best-known work is the 1949 autobiographical novel KÍSÉRTÉS (Temptation).

    In Berlin, he wrote numerous screenplays for silent movie stars. 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.