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From the Publisher"The first English translation of Lukács's early theoretical work on the novel. It begins with a comparison of the historical conditions that gave rise to the epic and the novel. In the age of the novel the once known unity between man and his world has been lost, and the hero has become an estranged seeker of the meaning of existence. Later, Lukács offers a typology of the novel based on whether the hero struggles for the realization of a meaningful idea, or withdraws from all action.
The balance of these extremes forms the third possibility, and each type is exemplified. The book is not a study of artistic technicalities, but of man,history, and art tied closely in their development. It is written in a moving,lyrical style well rendered by the translation." Library Journal