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A page-turning dystopian classic that stands alongside Brave New World and Gulliver's Travels.

Voyage to Kazohinia is a tour de force of twentieth-century literature--and it is here published in English for the first time outside of Hungary. Sándor Szathmári's comical novel chronicles the travels of a modern Gulliver on the eve of World War II. A shipwrecked English ship's
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by New Europe Books (first published 1941)
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Lynn
Aug 15, 2012 Lynn rated it it was amazing
Move over “1984” and “Brave New World”, a new work of Dystopian literature has been brought to American readers. I was unsure as to what to expect from Sandor Szathmari’s work, and what I found was a very enjoyable story. Szathmari creates a world unlike one we have ever known. Many times as I was reading, the story questioned things I had thought I’d known a lot about. Although the story is set in a world different from our own, connections can be drawn, satirizing our own modern world and what ...more
Perry Whitford
Dec 29, 2015 Perry Whitford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A 20th century Gulliver visits a Brave New World.

Written by an obscure Hungarian in Esparanto, first published in 1941 but not translated into english until 1975, Kazohinia is a unique and fascinating gem of utopian literature. I knew nothing about it when I bought my copy from Oxfam, the cover appealed to me, as did the unknown, eastern European name of the author.

That said, I left it sitting around for a few years before finally reading it. I wish I hadn't been so tardy, as it really is somet
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Tamas Kalman
Dec 19, 2012 Tamas Kalman rated it it was amazing
Clearly one of my favorite dystopian novel and I'm still shocked how less known is this book compared with BNW. Unfortunately the English translation can't be compared with the Hungarian edition, and probably it's even harder to understand the different systems described in a book if you haven't lived in a country which flipped political systems faster than seasons changing which made people feel as lab rats.
Dwight
Dec 04, 2012 Dwight added it
From the post on my blog:

How to review a novel I greatly admired but didn’t necessarily click with? Instead of avoiding any write-up, as I did with Job by Joseph Roth, I’ll attempt to lay out both why I admired it and my problems with it. Published in Hungarian in 1941, Voyage to Kazohinia at first glance to be a (then) modern-day Gulliver’s Travels. The story begins with Gulliver, a British ship’s surgeon, volunteering to be transferred to the ship Invincible during the 1935 tensions between Br
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Susanna
I'm still marveling that this novel was off my radar until I happened across a free copy of the book. Classic dystopian literature is one of "my things," and the ones I find most interesting are those from non-English-speaking countries. Still, I was a little wary about reading this, since lately I've been in a slump with older, especially translated, novels. I also highly did not enjoy Gulliver's Travels this past summer (sadface after the genius of Swift's "A Modest Proposal"), and Voyage to K ...more
Annie
Jan 16, 2015 Annie rated it it was ok
I'm not sure I can finish this. in fairness, I'm only 55 pages in. but intriguing concepts like kazo are, instead of explored, treated as one-dimensional stereotypes conforming to the majority's already-held beliefs. is 'whomever needs something more gets it' necessarily coupled to lack of individuality? as someone who's read Perdido Street Station I'd answer a resounding no. (and will forever be grateful to the author for posing the question) yet here it's accepted as true for no reason I can y ...more
New Europe
Aug 29, 2013 New Europe rated it it was amazing
Advance praise for Voyage to Kazohinia: "Massively entertaining! . . . Make room for the new Gulliver. He has brought home news out of Kazohinia." -- Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and Out of Oz
Jon Silver
Nov 23, 2014 Jon Silver rated it really liked it
Really interesting book especially the first half as the ideas of the Hins are explored, the second half was a frustrating turn in extremis but I guess I see the author's point
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