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Konrad, George (Translated by Ivan Sanders). STONEDIAL. New York City, NY: Harcourt Brace, 2000. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 290 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's novel. 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 small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents George Konrad's "Stonedial" in a felicitous English translation. A magisterial novel. Konrad, a past President of International PEN, known for his novels criticizing the authoritarianism of Hungary's communism, sets his book in 1993, four years after the old regime has been swept away. A famous author similar to Konrad himself, returns to Kandor, a fictional city very much like Budapest. Slipping between first- and third-person accounts of past and present, Konrad reflects for the first two-thirds of the book, providing historical background and information about his protagonist. Then, in its last third, the narrative suddenly crystallizes: At a party that is being filmed by the mayor, an argument about an incident in the 1956 revolt ensues, resulting in a violent death. "This is an intellectual novel in every sense, by one and about one, intended for page readers rather than page turners" (Richard Lourie). An absolute "must-have" title for George Konrad collectors. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing (American) still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce copy thus. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER GEORGE KONRAD TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0151006199. $20.00

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