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Parallel Stories

Parallel Stories

A Novel

Péter Nádas; Translated from the Hungarian by Imre Goldstein




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A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year

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.



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...


Praise for Parallel Stories

“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

In the Press

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. - Kirkus Reviews

"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. - The New York Times

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About the author

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.

Péter Nádas

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Péter Nádas

Imre Goldstein

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