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Koeppen, Wolfgang (Translated by Michael Hofmann). THE HOTHOUSE. New York City, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 221 pages. As New/As New.

The author's masterpiece. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. "Long neglected in America, this 1953 novel traces the final two days in the life of a minor German politician. With a passionate, despairing voice, Wolfgang Koeppen, whom Gunter Grass once called 'the greatest German writer', creates a portrait of idealism crushed by political and personal compromise. It is an elegy to the amateur and the dilettante and an indictment of a century reduced to imitating its own movie actors, where even a miner looked like a film star playing a miner" (Michael Hofmann). The novel's belated publication in a magisterial translation was considered a major literary event in 2001. Koeppen has been compared and ranked with such 20th-century masters as Malcolm Lowry and James Joyce. A "must-have" title for Wolfgang Koeppen collectors. This title has been out-of-print for a very long time and is now collectible. This copy has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A flawless copy. . ISBN 0393049027. $20.00

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