The City Builder
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Short Description: 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... Read more
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.
"Konrád is an extraordinary writer, possessedin 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."--Newsweek
"Striking . . . Konrád's metaphors can go off like depth charges."--Time
"The City Builder is another bravura performance . . . Konrád has evidently learned a great deal from Joyce and the French nouveau roman."--Nation
- George Konrad
- Ivan Sanders
- Carlos Fuentes
- Eastern European Literature Series
- Dalkey Archive Press
- Publication date
- Sep 25, 2009
- Dalkey Archive.
- Product dimensions
- 8 x 15 x 5mm