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A Hungarian master writes his final novel

László Krasznahorkai's Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming has a Dickensian flourish

By JA Hopkin   Winter Special
László Krasznahorkai Credit: Wikipedia

László Krasznahorkai Credit: Wikipedia

This year’s winner of the US National Book Award for Translated Literature, László Krasznahorkai, claims this novel is his last. His first, Satantango, gave us Irimias, an “angel of hope,” a self-appointed visionary promising to raise the people from squalor. The eponymous Baron, however, is a more reluctant saviour, sent in shame from a rich émigré’s life in Argentina back to a Hungary in which “nothing worked.” Nevertheless, the desperate authorities deem him the long-awaited “true patriot.”

Then there’s the professor who has…

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