Parallel Stories

A Novel

Péter Nádas; Translated from the Hungarian by Imre Goldstein

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Parallel Stories is a novel of extraordinary scope and depth, a masterwork that traces the fate of myriad Europeans—Hungarians, Jews, Germans, Gypsies—across the treacherous years of the mid–twentieth century. Three unusual men are at the heart of the novel: Hans von Wolkenstein, whose German mother has ties to the fascist-Nazi collaboration of the 1940s; Ágost Lippay Lehr, whose influential father has served Hungary’s different political regimes for decades; and András Rott, who has his own dark record of mysterious activities abroad. Nádas weaves the social and political circumstances of their lives into a magnificent tapestry, aligning the uncanny parallels that link them across time and space.

Fifteen years in the writing, and four in the translating, Parallel Stories is Péter Nádas’s masterpiece—a daring and momentous novel from one of the great writers of our time.

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In that memorable year when the famous Berlin wall came down, a corpse was discovered in the Tiergarten not far from the graying marble statue of Queen Louise. This happened a few days before Christmas.
The corpse was that of a well-groomed man of about fifty, and everything he wore or had on him appeared to be of better quality. At first glance a gentleman of some consequence, a banker or a senior manager. Snow was falling slowly, but it was not very cold, so the flakes melted on the paths of the park; only the blades of grass retained a white edge.

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"Hugely ambitious, breathtakingly inventive."---The New York Times

"Parallel Stories makes the case [for grandeur] in sheer ambition, unspooling in a vivid succession of epochs and genres---a Cold War thriller, a 1950s Budapest romance---evoking the quests, spiritual and erotic, that link us across time."---Vogue

"One of his country’s strangest, most ambitious literary achievements."---New York magazine

"We’re living in Péter Nádas’s time now. You’ll never read anything else even remotely like Parallel Stories....Enjoy." ---Slate


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‘Parallel Stories,’ a Novel by Peter Nadas - Review - NYTimes.com
“Parallel Stories,” by the Hungarian novelist Peter Nadas, explores the lives of numerous characters as their experiences unfold during the tumultuous history of 20th-century Europe.
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PARALLEL STORIES by Péter Nádas, Imre GoldsteinKirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of PARALLEL STORIES . A robust epic of a Mitteleuropa lurching out of totalitarianism into whatever passes for modern society--"not a terrain without perils," as one of the principal characters grimly observes.
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Péter Nádas; Translated from the Hungarian by Imre Goldstein

Péter Nádas was born in Budapest in 1942. Among his works translated into English are the novels A Book of Memories (FSG, 1997), The End of a Family Story (FSG, 1998), and Love (FSG, 2000); a collection of stories and essays, Fire and Knowledge (FSG, 2007); and two pieces of short fiction, A Lovely Tale of Photography and Péter Nádas: Own Death. He lives with his wife in Gombosszeg, Hungary.

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Parallel Stories
A Novel
Péter Nádas; Translated from the Hungarian by Imre Goldstein

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
November 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250013903
ISBN10: 1250013909
5 5/16 x 8 7/8 inches, 1152 pages
$25.00

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Hardcover
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
October 2011
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374229764
ISBN10: 0374229767
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 1152 pages
$40.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
October 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429963572
ISBN10: 1429963573
1152 pages
$11.99
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