Sandor Marai

The Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller, available as a Penguin Essential for the first time.

A castle at the foot of the Carpathian mountains in the 1930s. Two men, inseparable in their youth, meet for the first time in forty-one years. They have spent their lives waiting for this moment.

Four decades earlier a murky, traumatic event - something to do with a betrayal, and a woman - led to their sudden separation. Now, as their lives draw to a close, the devastating truth about that moment will be revealed.

Embers is a masterpiece - an unforgettable story of passion, fidelity, truth and deception.


Sandor Marai was born in Hungary in 1900 and by 1930 was one of Hungary's leading novelists. Driven into exile in 1948 when the Communists came to power and banned his books, he lived first in Italy and then in America. He committed suicide in 1989.