Kornel Esti

Kornel Esti


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A great masterpiece never before available in English, Kornél Esti is the wild final book by a Hungarian genius.

Crazy, funny and gorgeously dark, Kornél Esti sets into rollicking action a series of adventures about a man and his wicked dopplegänger, who breathes every forbidden idea of his childhood into his ear, and then reappears decades later.

Part Gogol, part Chekhov, and all brilliance, Kosztolányi in his final book serves up his most magical, radical, and intoxicating work. Here is a novel which inquires: What if your id (loyally keeping your name) decides to strike out on its own, cuts a disreputable swath through the world, and then sends home to you all its unpaid bills and ruined maidens? And then: What if you and your alter ego decide to write a book together?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811218436
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 02/25/2011
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Novelist, poet, and journalist, Deszö Kosztolányi (1885-1936) is widely regarded as one of the great Hungarian writers.

Bernard Adams won a PEN Translation Fund Award for his translation of The Adventures of Kornél Esti.

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