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THE HOTHOUSE - Scarce Pristine Copy of The First American Edition/First Printing

Koeppen, Wolfgang (Translated by Michael Hofmann)

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ISBN 10: 0393049027 / ISBN 13: 9780393049022
Published by New York City, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 2001
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1st Printing. 221 pages. Published in 2001. The author's masterpiece. Now widely considered one of the greatest novels of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Wolfgang Koeppen's "Das Triebhaus" in a felicitous English translation by Michael Hofmann. "Long neglected in America, this 1953 novel traces the final two days in the life of a minor German politician. With a passionate, despairing voice, Wolfgang Koeppen, whom Gunter Grass once called 'the greatest German writer', creates a portrait of idealism crushed by political and personal compromise. It is an elegy to the amateur and the dilettante and an indictment of a century reduced to imitating its own movie actors, where even a miner looked like a film star playing a miner" (Michael Hofmann). Koeppen has been compared to and ranked with such 20th-century masters as Malcolm Lowry and James Joyce. The novel's belated translation is a major literary event. An absolute "must-have" title for Wolfgang Koeppen collectors. This title is a great book. This is one of very few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. ISBN 0393049027. Bookseller Inventory # 5474

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Harrowing, Moody, and supremely powerful, The Hothouse, first published in 1953, stands among the finest novels written in postwar Germany. Largely unrecognized beyond Germany during his lifetime, Wolfgang Koeppen sought to make sense of German life amid the vast political and social reconstruction of the war-ravaged nation. The Hothouse traces the final two days in the life of a minor German politician, Keetenheuve, a man disillusioned by the corruption of German politics and grieving after the sudden death of his wife. With the narrative and sexual frenzy of James Joyce, Koeppen creates a portrait of idealism crushed by political and personal compromise. Rendered in English for the first time by award-winning translator Michael Hofmann, The Hothouse is a tragic masterpiece by a literary visionary who in his lifetime was called by Gunter Grass "the greatest living German writer".

Product Description: Set in Bonn, the capital city of postwar Germany, follows sophisticated idealist Keetenheuve after he returns to Germany following his self-imposed exile, as his entrance into politics leads to his downfall.

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Title: THE HOTHOUSE - Scarce Pristine Copy of The ...

Publisher: New York City, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: no

Edition: 1st Edition.

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