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ISBN: 9781846590344
eISBN: 9781846591402
May 2008
13 x 20 cm
279 pages

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Ferenc Karinthy was a novelist, playwright, journalist, and water polo champion. He is the author of over a dozen novels.

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Ferenc Karinthy


A linguist flying to a conference in Helsinki has landed in a strange city where he can't understand a word anyone says.

As one claustrophobic day follows another, he wonders why no one has found him yet, whether his wife has given him up for dead, and how he'll get by in this society that looks so familiar, yet is so strange.

In a vision of hell unlike any previously imagined, Budai must learn to survive in a world where words and meaning are unconnected.

A suspenseful and haunting Hungarian classic.

Translated by George Szirtes


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Then the lady with the green hat jumps up from her seat, throws herself at the witness box and hugs the witness maniacally. Timid and clumsy, he tries to hold on to her, but she stumbles backwards, shrieks, and the confusion is complete.

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