His talent is at its best when depicting the merciless cruelty of children, the brutality of adults, deprivation, fears arising from different roots and terror at large which is characteristic in all totalitarian systems.
The Hungarian Electronic Library is well known and gives the impression of being a major service widely used, while it is in fact a small business, the work of a few people and run by only a handful. – Miklós Szentpály interviews the president of this 15-year-old institution.
Márai’s diary, begun in Budapest well before the gathering storm of Fascist Arrow-Cross occupation and the subsequent deadly seige, can certainly be read as the narrative of an internal emigration. - Ottilie Mulzet's essay on Márai and emigration.