Ida’s piano teacher in Hungary, who hides Frank during the last months of the Holocaust in Budapest. Although she’s enigmatic and not particularly affectionate, Julia’s willingness to shelter a Jewish child during an extremely dangerous time reveals her selflessness and quiet bravery. For Ida, the strict and disciplined piano teacher is the source of the fierce tenacity that enables her not only to become a great pianist, but also to survive the war and protect her son.
Julia Marai Quotes in The Golden Age
The The Golden Age quotes below are all either spoken by Julia Marai or refer to Julia Marai. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Europa edition of The Golden Age published in 2014.).
7. The Trains Quotes
Talent was not enough, Julia used to say, you must find the grip, the hunger, the small, determined child inside you. You must have a certain ruthlessness to win, as if by right. In the hierarchy of talent, you are a born aristocrat […]
Julia Marai Character Timeline in The Golden Age
The timeline below shows where the character Julia Marai appears in The Golden Age. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
7. The Trains
...who has survived bombing, starvation, and the Arrow Cross’s ceaseless hunting for Jews, hurries to Julia’s apartment building; she sees that it has been completely bombed out and feels certain that... (full context)
22. The Concert
...colleague who works in radio broadcasting. Meanwhile, Ida thinks about her poor technique and imagines Julia shaking her head. She feels she’s cheated the audience out of a good concert, but... (full context)