The City Builder

The City Builder

by George Konrad
     
 

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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

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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.

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a brilliant torrent of words, not splashed about, as that might suggest, but controlled and ordered' -Graham Hough, LRB

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Time
Striking . . . Konrád's metaphors can go off like depth charges.

Newsweek
Konrád is an extraordinary writer, possessed--in 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.

Nation
The City Builder is another bravura performance . . . Konrád has evidently learned a great deal from Joyce and the French nouveau roman.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564784698
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
04/28/2007
Series:
Eastern European Literature Series
Edition description:
Translatio
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
1,015,280
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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