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Baron Wenckheim's homecoming /

by Krasznahorkai, László; Mulzet, Ottilie[tr.].
Type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : A New Directions Book, 2019Edition: First edition.Description: 558 pages ; 21 cm.ISBN: 9780811226646; 0811226646.Uniform titles: Báró Wenckheim hazatér. English.Subject(s): Homecoming -- Fiction | Gossip -- Fiction | City and town life -- Fiction | Eccentrics and eccentricities -- Fiction | Hungary -- Fiction | Dystopian fictionAwards: Winner of the National Book Award 2019 - Translated LiteratureSummary: "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"-- List(s) this item appears in: National Book Award 2019 Finalists
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"Originally published in Hungarian as Báró Wenckheim hazatér"--Title page verso

"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"--

Winner of the National Book Award 2019 - Translated Literature

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