Baron Bagge

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New Directions Publishing Corporation
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5.3 X 7.96 X 0.29 inches | 0.27 pounds

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About the Author
The greatest novelist of the netherworld darkness stretching on beyond death, Alexander Lernet-Holenia (1895-1977) was born into the aristocracy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. His novels have been acclaimed for their "dauntless panache: fast-moving, cleverly convoluted, terrific" (Eileen Battersby, Irish Times).
The prominent 20th-c. American translator Clara Winston was born in New York and educated at Brooklyn College. She has won several awards (the American Book Award and the PEN Translation Prize) for her co-translations of Thomas Mann, Franz Kafka, Hannah Arendt, Albert Speer, and Hermann Hesse.
A rare and special pleasure--your Baron Bagge is a masterpiece! It is positively magical the way dream and reality glide seamlessly into one another, creating a realm of visionary luminescence, a visual plenitude whose color derives from fever and coursing blood: in this flawless chef d'oeuvre, every word and every sentence rests lightly right where it belongs. Truly you wrote this unforgettable novella in a state of grace--Stefan Zweig, in a letter to Lernet-Holenia, from the Afterword
[For I Was Jack Mortimer] Brilliant, extra stylish, excellently written and fearsomely gripping.-- "The Times (UK)"
But nowhere, as often as he has dealt with it, has this walk to 'that unknown country from which no wanderer returns' been traced with such visual power, vividness and dream fantasy as in Baron Bagge, the most beautiful novel written by Alexander Lernet-Holenia.--Hilde Spiel
Fog-of-war tales are always abundant, but this one conjures a unique spell. An unsettling tale of war trauma, cleanly and uniquely told.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
A pupil of Rilke, admired by Borges, Lernet-Holenia has a literary reputation as a sort of continental necromancer, a conductor of the underworldly and oneiric, uprooting tangled lineages and raising the closeted skeletons of guilty nations.--Trevor Quirk "Bookforum"