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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. Now widely considered one of the greatest novels of the 20th century. 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 print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Wolfgang Koeppen's "Das Triebhaus" in a felicitous English translation by Michael Hofmann. Masterpiece. "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). Koeppen has been compared to and ranked with such 20th-century masters as Malcolm Lowry and James Joyce. The novel's belated translation is a major literary event. An absolute "must-have" title for Wolfgang Koeppen collectors. This title is a great book. 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. . ISBN 0393049027. $20.00

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