This was so intensely beautiful I had to finish it in only two sittings. The first sentences captured my heart immediately, Márai’s writing is delicate as gossamer but intense as a burning candle, descriptive but always so fluid. I’ll surely stick to this author.This particular novel is about the withering emotions between two good old friends, about the challenges and peculiarities of such a bond. It’s about the varied forms of love, of youth’s vengeance and old-aged sapience, of the razor blade feelings left by words unsaid, unshared intentions, the choking power of guilt.I’m left without words. Highly recommend it to any human being.