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The Sinistra Zone Paperback – August 26, 2013

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“If there’s a magic realism Eastern-bloc style, The Sinistra Zone is surely its paradigm.” (Alison McCulloch - The New York Times Book Review)

“A fascinating novel that links intense realism with a boundless imagination, as if it could have written by Gabriel García Márquez.” (Die Zeit)

The Sinistra Zone begins a la Chandler. But that's not how it continues. Like all good things, it embodies a wealth of possibilities: it can be read as a sociological intelligence briefing; a political/cultural situation report; a supplication; a finely wrought, postmodern feat of literary virtuosity; a chronicle of a bygone world, and so on. Again and again I was amazed by the fullness of the words, by the compact and luminous text — by the rich and powerful fabric that Ádám Bodor has woven into these pages.” (Péter Esterházy)

“It is hard to find in contemporary European literature a satire more dark and brutal and yet at the same time, more lyrical than this book.” (El País)

The Sinistra Zone is a small masterpiece of stunning beauty that begs to be savored slowly.” (La Vanguardia)

About the Author

The author of ten volumes of fiction since 1969, Ádám Bodor is an award-winning, Transylvanian-born Hungarian writer.

Paul Olcháry has received grants from the NEA, PEN, and Hungary’s Milán Füst Foundation.

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