The City Builder

The City Builder

By (author) George Konrad , By (author) Ivan Sanders , By (author) Carlos Fuentes


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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 bourgeois has been usurped by technocrats. Vanished by those 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.

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  • Hardback | 184 pages
  • 134.6 x 198.1 x 17.8mm | 249.48g
  • 25 Sep 2009
  • Dalkey Archive Press
  • Normal, IL
  • English
  • Translation
  • 156478469X
  • 9781564784698
  • 685,322

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Gy rgy Konr d is a Hungarian novelist and essayist, known as an advocate of individual freedom

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a brilliant torrent of words, not splashed about, as that might suggest, but controlled and ordered' -Graham Hough, LRB

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