Baron Wenckheim's Homecoming

By Ottilie Mulzet and Laszlo Krasznahorkai

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Price: $29.95  $26.96
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Published Date: September 24, 2019
Pages: 576
Dimensions: 5.6 X 2.2 X 8.1 inches | 1.8 pounds
ISBN: 9780811226646
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About the Author

Ottilie Mulzet is a translator and literary critic. Her translation of Laszlo Krasznahorkai's Seiobo There Below(New Directions) won the Best Translated Book Award in 2014 from Three Percent, the online literary magazine of Open Letter Books.
The winner of the Man Booker International Prize for lifetime achievement, László Krasznahorkai was born in Gyula, Hungary.

Reviews

A vision of painstaking beauty.
One of the most mysterious artists now at work.--Colm Tóibín
His works tends to get passed around like rare currency. One of the most profoundly unsettling experiences I have had as a reader.--James Wood "The New Yorker "
The Hungarian master of the apocalypse.--Susan Sontag
The baron cuts a memorable figure, but the real star of Krasznahorkai's story is a philosopher who has cut himself off from society and lives in hermitage in a forest park, concerned with problems of being and nonbeing. In the end, the worlds the philosopher, the baron, and other characters inhabit are slated to disappear in a wall of flame.-- (07/01/2019)
If you're a fan of Krasznahorkai, you already know that you need to read this one: the final volume in his four-part series, in which the aging Baron Bela Wenckheim proceeds home to Hungary, to the highly absurd town of his birth.--Emily Temple "Lit Hub's Most Anticipated Books of 2019 "
A master of peripatetic, never-ending sentences that brim over with vacillations, qualifications, and false epiphanies.--Will Harrison
Krasznahorkai establishes his own rules and rides a wave of exhilarating energy in this sprawling, nonpareil novel, which harkens back to early works such as Satantango but with the benefit of the Man Booker International Prize winner's mature powers. In a small Hungarian town, an eccentric and isolated genius known only as the Professor occupies a specially designed hut, ravaged by uncontrollable thoughts and trying to rid himself of "human imbecility" while keeping unsavory watch on his daughter. There will soon be more to watch: the ruined Baron Bela Wenckheim is returning home by train, in flight from his extensive gambling debts, only to fall in with a colorful collection of locals, all looking to take advantage of the Baron by one means or another. There's the roughneck regulars of the local pub, the scheming town mayor looking to gin up excitement over the Baron's return for his own visibility, and the con man Dante of Szolnok, whom the Baron encounters casually only to find he has his fingers in any pie from which he can extract a profit. The one bright spot in this Greek chorus of rogues is Marika, the Baron's childhood sweetheart, whose romantic desires to reunite with the refined boy she remembers will be tested by corrosive new realities. 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.-- (06/20/2019)
WINNER OF THE 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR TRANSLATED LITERATURE
Krasznahorkai's world falls apart along manmade fault lines. Fascinating.--Paul J. Griffiths
A masterpiece, the culminating work of the extraordinary Hungarian writer's career. The alternation of narrative darkness and radiant syntactical beauty makes this my personal favorite of the year.--Michael Silverblatt
Krasznahorkai's headlong comedy of obsession and wonderful squalor set in small-town Hungary. Majestic.
Krasznahorkai is a pungent delineator of character, and the landscape of his imaginary city is peopled with figures as busy and distinctive as those of a painting by Bruegel. While the novel energetically pursues Krasznahorkai's habitual themes - disorder, spiritual drought, the impossibility of meaning in the absence of God - it does so in a tone that glitters with comic detail.--Jane Shilling
With an immense cast and wide-ranging erudition, this novel, the culmination of a Hungarian master's career, offers a sweeping view of a contemporary moment that seems deprived of meaning.