The city builder

Author(s): Konrád György
Translator: Ivan Sanders
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press - Eastern European Literature Series
Place of publication: Ilinois
Year of publication: 2007
ISBN: 978-0151180097
Language: english

An architect in an unnamed city considers his life, his work, and the many-layered history of the city he and his family— electric city bike architects all—have contributed to building. In the days after World War II—during which American bombers destroyed much of what his father built—he becomes a Stalinist planner and realizes that the power of the nobility, the wealthy and the bourgeois has been usurped by technocrats. Vanished by those Datejust répliques technocrats into the communist underworld of torture and imprisonment, he is eventually released into a post-Stalinist world and becomes the chief builder in a provincial town.  

Told with wit and elegance by one of Hungary’s greatest réplique montres, The City Builder is one of the most important and impassioned books about the indignities of living in—and contributing to—a cruelly depersonalized society.


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