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Baron Wenckheim's Homecoming


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The defining master-work of the Man Booker International winner's spectacular career

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Laszlo Krasznahorkai was born in Gyula, Hungary, in 1954. He has written five novels and won numerous prizes, including the 2013 Best Translated Book Award in Fiction for Satantango, the same prize the following year for Seiobo There Below, and the 1993 Best Book of the Year Award in Germany for The Melancholy of Resistance. He was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize in 2017 for The World Goes On, and won the same prize in 2015 in its original guise as a biennial prize rewarding an outstanding body of work. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. He lives in the hills of Pilisszentlaszlo in Hungary.


Baron Wenkcheim's Homecoming is a fitting capstone to Krasznahorkai's tetralogy, one of the supreme achievements of contemporary literature. Now seems as good a time as any to name him among our greatest living novelists. * Paris Review *
Hungarian maestro Laszlo Krasznahorkai is laconic and shrewd, as practical as he is existential, capable of wresting huge laughs as well as immense profundity from the commonplace and the way in which we choose to respond to it. * Irish Times *
The Hungarian maestro is on peerless form with a work of dark wit and dizzying prose -- Anthony Cummins * Observer *
Baron is not bedtime reading: you need your wits about you. At one point in Ottilie Mulzet's tirelessly virtuosic translation, a chunk from the Annals of Tacitus appears, in Latin. This is a novel that demands much of its readers, and gives much in return. In an era glutted with fiction as vapid and insubstantial as a Krispy Kreme doughnut, Baron Wenckheim's Homecoming is the real Linzer torte. -- Jane Shilling * The New Statesman *
A mantra of fret, a strangely uplifting pessimism ... the Hungarian master has created perhaps his most accessible novel * Prospect *
With an immense cast and wide-ranging erudition, this novel [is] the culmination of a Hungarian master's career * New Yorker *
Mesmerisingly strange ... this blackly absurd satire of provincial Hungarian life is maddening, compelling - and very funny ... exhilaratingly out of step with most contemporary fiction * Guardian *
This vortex of a novel compares neatly with Dostoevsky and shows Krasznahorkai at the absolute summit of his decades-long project. Apocalyptic, visionary, and mad, it flies off the page and stays lodged intractably wherever it lands. * Publisher's Weekly starred review *
Krasznahorkai constantly pushes beyond the expected, escalating everything to the brink of deliriousness * The New York Times Book Review *
Astounding * Die Zeit *
The contemporary Hungarian master of apocalypse who inspires comparison with Gogol and Melville -- Susan Sontag

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