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Prague by Arthur Phillips
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Aug 19, 2009

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bookshelves: literature-fiction, satire, sociology, hungarian
Read in August, 2009 , read count: 1

A book that doesn't say much of anything, but what it says it says beautifully and with a broad and pervasive irony. Some of the writing is so good that I was just delighted, loved it. The story, if one can call it that, is set in Budapest, Hungary in 1990/91; Prague doesn't come in to it except as a more desirable location. There are some young people from other countries, mostly Americans. One works at the embassy, one works in finance trying to find Hungarian businesses that are worthy of American investment dollars, one works for the newspaper BudapesToday, another is researching nostalgia. There are some other characters, even an Hungarian, but it is mainly a story about these expat dilettantes living in a post Communist Hungary. The most enjoyable parts of the book for me were the parts that traced the history of something. I liked the part about the house that becomes the A Hazam club, and also the tracing of the Horvath family and their printing business. I didn't care for the ending.
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