Celestial Harmonies: A Novel

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The Esterházys, one of Europe's most prominent aristocratic families, are closely linked to the rise and fall of the Hapsburg Empire. Princes, counts, commanders, diplomats, bishops, and patrons of the arts, revered, respected, and occasionally feared by their contemporaries, their story is as complex as the history of Hungary itself. Celestial Harmonies is the intricate chronicle of this remarkable family, a saga spanning seven centuries of epic conquest, tragedy, triumph, and near annihilation. Told by Péter Esterházy, a scion of this populous clan, Celestial Harmonies is dazzling in scope and profound in implication. It is fiction at its most awe-inspiring.

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Péter Esterházy, a member of one of Europe’s most prominent aristocratic families, was born in Budapest in 1950. His books, published mostly in Europe, are considered to be significant contributions to postwar literature.

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“Richly rewarding. A major achievement.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“This is a belated 20th-century masterpiece.... Esterházy has created a vast anti-epic.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“Major, massive, revelatory.... Celestial Harmonies is a great book.” (Los Angeles Times)

“Filters an inherently complex story... through a playful postmodern style... promises to be an enduring part of contemporary literature.” (New York Sun)

“A family saga...intricate and playful...[that] yields many extraordinary moments” (The New Yorker)

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