The Sinistra Zone

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New Directions Publishing Corporation
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5.2 X 0.5 X 8.0 inches | 0.4 pounds
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About the Author

The author of ten volumes of fiction since 1969, Ádám Bodor is an award-winning, Transylvanian-born Hungarian writer.
Paul Olchváry has translated more than twenty books, including György Dragomán's The White King, No Live Files Remain, Budapest Noir, and Károly Pap's Azarel. He has received translation awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, PEN America, and Hungary's Milán Füst Foundation. His shorter translations have appeared in The Paris Review, The Hungarian Quarterly, and turnrow.


It is hard to find in contemporary European literature a satire more dark and brutal and yet at the same time, more lyrical than this book.
A fascinating novel that links intense realism with a boundless imagination, as if it could have written by Gabriel García Márquez.
The Sinistra Zone begins a la Chandler. But that's not how it continues. Like all good things, it embodies a wealth of possibilities: it can be read as a sociological intelligence briefing; a political/cultural situation report; a supplication; a finely wrought, postmodern feat of literary virtuosity; a chronicle of a bygone world, and so on. Again and again I was amazed by the fullness of the words, by the compact and luminous text -- by the rich and powerful fabric that Ádám Bodor has woven into these pages.--Péter Esterházy
The Sinistra Zone is a small masterpiece of stunning beauty that begs to be savored slowly.