Baron Wenckheim's homecoming
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Baron Wenckheim's homecoming

By Krasznahorkai, László, author.
Mulzet, Ottilie, translator.

Audience Adults

Published [2019] by A New Directions Book, New York

ISBN 9780811226646

Bib Id 2292602

Edition First edition.

Description 558 pages ; 21 cm

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LCCN
2019-025135
ISBN
9780811226646 (hardcover) $29.95
0811226646
Language
eng
Call #
FIC Krasznahorkai
Uniform Title
Báró Wenckheim hazatér. English
Title
Baron Wenckheim's homecoming
Edition
First edition.
Publication Information
[2019] by A New Directions Book, New York :
Description
558 pages ; 21 cm
Note
"Originally published in Hungarian as Báró Wenckheim hazatér"--Title page verso.
Summary
"Set in contemporary times, Baron Wenckheim's Homecoming tells the story of a Prince Myshkin-like figure, Baron Bela Wenckheim, who decides to return at the end of his life to the provincial Hungarian town of his birth. Having escaped from his many casino debts in Buenos Aires, where he was living in exile, he wishes to be reunited with his high school sweetheart Marika. What follows is an endless storm of gossip, con men, and local politicians, vividly evoking the small town's alternately drab and absurd existence. All along, the Professor-a world-famous natural scientist who studies mosses and inhabits a bizarre Zen-like shack in a desolate area outside of town-offers long rants and disquisitions on his own attempts to immunize himself from thought. Spectacular actions are staged, death and the abyss loom, until finally doom is brought down on the unsuspecting residents of the town"--
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