Konrad Gyorgy The City Builder

ISBN 13: 9780151180097

The City Builder

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An architect in an unnamed city considers his life, his work, and the many-layered history of the city he and his family architects all have contributed to building. In the days after World War II during which American bombers destroyed much of what his father built he becomes a Stalinist planner and realizes that the power of the nobility, the wealthy and the bourgeois has been usurped by technocrats. Vanished by those technocrats into the communist underworld of torture and imprisonment, he is eventually released into a post-Stalinist world and becomes the chief builder in a provincial town. Told with wit and elegance by one of Hungary s greatest novelists, The City Builder is one of the most important and impassioned books about the indignities of living in and contributing to a cruelly depersonalized society."

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"A work of poetry... A beautiful, brave book."

"Striking...Konrad's metaphors can go off like depth charges."

"The City Builder is another bravura performance.... Konrad has evidently learned a great deal from Joyce and the French nouveau roman."

"Konrad is an extraordinary writer, possessed--in Ivan Sanders's excellent translation--of an acrid eloquence that can rise to a pitch of ecstasy. Surreal juxtapositions and lightning shifts of thought show the hand of a highly sophisticated artist."

a brilliant torrent of words, not splashed about, as that might suggest, but controlled and ordered' -Graham Hough, LRB

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a brilliant torrent of words, not splashed about, as that might suggest, but controlled and ordered' -Graham Hough, LRB

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