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Metropole by Ferenc Karinthy
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Feb 09, 2009

really liked it
Read in March, 2009

The cheap way of putting it is No Exit meets Metropolis, but this book stands of its own. I think it has the full value of an allegorical classic. Metropole is far from being an Eastern European knock off of anyone else's story ideas. Karinthy's character is a linguistic trapped in and beaten by a mysterious city foreign city.. I wish I knew Hungarian so that I could know what was being lost in translation -if anything- within this...well, lost in translation story. My humble opinion is that Metropole beats out most anything by Saramago and just about worthy of Ismail Kadare. There's a tiny tinge of the added bit of comic absurdity ala Gary Shteyngart/ Kennedy O'Toole, but I wouldn't call it a comedy. In its own way, it's terrifying.

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