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PARALLEL STORIES: A NOVEL - Scarce Pristine Copy of The First American Edition/First Printing

Nadas, Peter (Translated by Imre Goldstein)

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ISBN 10: 0374229767 / ISBN 13: 9780374229764
Published by New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2011
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1st Printing. 1133 pages. Published in 2011. The author's fourth novel to be translated into English. One of the most significant literary events of our time. 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 small and limtied first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Peter Nadas' "Parallel Stories" in a felicitous English translation. A massive, 1133-page novel that only he, with characteristic irony and modesty, would have diminutively called "stories". It took him eighteen years (off and on) to write and four (non-stop) years to translate with Imre Goldstein (Nadas is fluent in English, making translation of his work a genuine collaboration). The title refers to three unforgettable characters: "We follow these men from Berlin and Moscow to Switzerland and Holland, from the Mediterranean to the North Sea, and of course, from village to city in Hungary. The social and political circumstances of their lives may vary greatly, their sexual and spiritual longings may seem to each of them entirely unique, yet Peter Nadas' magnificent tapestry unveils uncanny reverberating parallels that link them across time and space" (Publisher's blurb). The "21st-century's 'War And Peace' " (Magyar Nemzet). An absolute "must-have" title for Peter Nadas collectors. This title is a great book. This is one of 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. Please note: Many copies were badly damaged in transit because of the book's unwieldy size and shoddy packing on the publisher's part. A scarce copy thus. Peter Nadas' "A Book of Memories" is widely regarded as one of the canonical works of our time. One of the greatest writers of our itme. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PETER NADAS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0374229767. Bookseller Inventory # 17824

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A New York Times Notable Book for 2011   In 1989, the year the Wall came down, a university student in Berlin on his morning run finds a corpse on a park bench and alerts the authorities. This scene opens a novel of extraordinary scope and depth, a masterwork that traces the fate of myriad Europeans?Hungarians, Jews, Germans, Gypsies?across the treacherous years of the mid-twentieth century.

Three unusual men are at the heart of Parallel Stories: Hans von Wolkenstein, whose German mother is linked to secrets of fascist-Nazi collaboration during the 1940s; Ágost Lippay Lehr, whose influential father has served Hungary?s different political regimes for decades; and András Rott, who has his own dark record of mysterious activities abroad. The web of extended and interconnected dramas reaches from 1989 back to the spring of 1939, when Europe trembled on the edge of war, and extends to the bestial times of 1944?45, when Budapest was besieged, the Final Solution devastated Hungary?s Jews, and the war came to an end, and on to the cataclysmic Hungarian Revolution of October 1956. We follow these men from Berlin and Moscow to Switzerland and Holland, from the Mediterranean to the North Sea, and of course, from village to city in Hungary. The social and political circumstances of their lives may vary greatly, their sexual and spiritual longings may seem to each of them entirely unique, yet Péter Nádas?s magnificent tapestry unveils uncanny reverberating parallels that link them across time and space.This is Péter Nádas?s masterpiece?eighteen years in the writing, a sensation in Hungary even before it was published, and almost four years in the translating. Parallel Stories is the first foreign translation of this daring, demanding, and momentous novel, and it confirms for an even larger audience what Hungary already knows: that it is the author?s greatest work.

About the Author: Péter Nádas was born in Budapest in 1942. Among his works translated into English are the novels A Book of Memories (FSG, 1997), The End of a Family Story (FSG, 1998), and Love (FSG, 2000); a collection of stories and essays, Fire and Knowledge (FSG, 2007); and two pieces of short fiction, A Lovely Tale of Photography and Péter Nádas: Own Death. He lives with his wife in Gombosszeg, Hungary.

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Title: PARALLEL STORIES: A NOVEL - Scarce Pristine ...

Publisher: New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2011

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: no

Edition: 1st Edition.

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