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Parallel Stories
 
 
Author
Peter Nadas. Imre Goldstein, trans.
Publisher FSG  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.4 x 2.05 inches
ISBN 9780374229764
Pages/Publication Date 1133/2011
Daedalus Item Code 30505
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(A New York Times Notable Book for 2011) In 1989, the year the Wall came down, a university student in Berlin on his morning run finds a corpse on a park bench and alerts the authorities. This scene opens a novel of extraordinary scope and depth, a masterwork that traces the fate of myriad Europeans—Hungarians, Jews, Germans, Gypsies—across the treacherous years of the mid-20th century. The social and political circumstances of their lives may vary greatly, their sexual and spiritual longings may seem to each of them entirely unique, yet Péter Nádas's tapestry unveils reverberating parallels that link them across time and space. This is Nádas's masterpiece—18 years in the writing, a sensation in Hungary even before it was published, and almost four years in the translating.

"A hugely ambitious, breathtakingly inventive and at times maddeningly dense novel intent on obliterating historical, geographical, literary and structural borders. 'Parallel' doesn't really begin to describe how these stories interact with one another. They converge and diverge; they overlap; they crisscross, loop around and double back on one another, resulting in a defiantly nonlinear novel that attempts the daunting feat of re-creating the fragmented, and perhaps even shell-shocked experience of living in Hungary during the 20th century."—NYTimes

"A robust epic of a Mitteleuropa lurching out of totalitarianism into whatever passes for modern society ... worthy of shelving alongside Döblin, Pasternak and Mann."—Kirkus Reviews

 
 
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