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The City Builder

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An architect in an unnamed city considers his life, his work, and the many-layered history of the city he and his family -- 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...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Dalkey Archive Press (first published 1977)
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heavy, thick prose overflowing with precise images heaped upon one another. enormous range of vocabularies and sensations, courageous honesty and analysis, quite difficult to read because of its churning persistence of style, stunningly powerful overall. one of the most influential works of fiction i've ever read -- perhaps because, somewhat like much latin american literature, it doesn't read like fiction. n.b. carlos fuentes' learned (as well as, for me, disappointingly predictable and sentime...more
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If I had gone into this book without expectations, I might have rated it a four for the wonderful way he twists language ("I hear every snowflake fall, the clink of their tiny skeletons makes me shudder" in a context that doesn't feel overwritten) and the intimate peeks behind the Iron Curtain.

Because I was hoping for something more about Cities and city building, I found the macro level monologues and micro level narratives incongruous and wasn't able to enjoy the relationship between them.

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György (George) Konrád (born April 2, 1933) is a Hungarian novelist and essayist. Konrád was born in Berettyóújfalu, near Debrecen into an affluent Jewish family. He graduated in 1951 from the Madách Secondary School in Budapest, entered the Lenin Institute and eventually studied literature, sociology and psychology at Eötvös Loránd University. In 1956 he participated in the Hungarian Uprising aga...more
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