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Metropole by [Karinthy, Ferenc]
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"I don't know when I've read a more perfect novel-a dynamically helpless hero (in the line of Kafka), and a gorgeous spiral of action, nothing spare, nothing wrong, inventive and without artifice." Michael Hoffman TLS-

"A Central european classic to be discovered and relished." Eva Hoffman

"A masterpiece." Magazine Litteraire

"A stunning novel." Liberation

"With time, Metropole will find its due place in the twentieth-century library, on the same shelf as The Trial and 1984." G. O. Chateaureynaud

"Nightmare is the only word that fully captures Karinthy's hellish metropolis, but while it's definitely a tale of horror, Metropole is also funny and touching." --National Public Radio

"Nightmare is the only word that fully captures Karinthy's hellish metropolis, but while it's definitely a tale of horror, Metropole is also funny and touching." --National Public Radio

'A masterpiece.' Magazine Litteraire 'A stunning novel.' Liberation 'With time, Metropole will find its due place in the twentieth-century library, on the same shelf as The Trial and 1984.' G. O. Chateaureynaud --various

About the Author

Ferenc Karinthy was born in Budapest in 1921. He obtained a PhD in linguistics, and went on to be a translator and editor, as well as an award-winning novelist, playwright, journalist and water polo champion. He wrote over a dozen novels. This is the first novel to be translated into English.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 538 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Publisher: Telegram Books (28 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089NX1VA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #278,758 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Metropole is an instantly engaging story: A man, a linguistic academic on his way to a conference in Helsinki, takes a connecting flight in an airport, but obviously gets on the wrong plane and after falling asleep, arrives in an unknown city. Boarding a bus with a crowd of passengers he is taken to an hotel where he has a room but fails to understand where he is. And so begins his unfortunate adventure to try and make head or tail of what is happening. The language of the place is totally foreign with no connection to any known language, though he speaks very many, and the crowds everywhere prevent any kind of normal interraction. Nothing makes much sense and the constant overrowding in streets, shops or transport renders every move an ordeal.
It is a brilliant reflection on life in the modern City but also a kafkaesque situation where the protagonist is surrended by absurd or at least a logic he fails to grasp. He succeeds in forging the beginnjng of a relationship with the Lift operating girl at the Hotel but just when it could have been meaningful, it is cut short. Losing even his tenuous thread to normality at the Hotel, chaos arrives with a civil war and vanishes as quickly as it had spread. The ending is a slight let-down after a fantastic tale of trials and surprises, but on the other hand, it leaves the story open to further driftings or interpretations...an excellent modern classic.
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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Jan. 2014
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I will admit that although I did enjoy this novel it isn't something that will ever probably garner mass appeal. There are a number of holes as it were in the plot that aren't sufficiently explained, and within a few pages of starting this you realise how Kafkaesque this is. Budai is flying in to Helsinki to attend conferences, but somehow he ends up in some mysterious place, where the language is totally unfamiliar to him, despite the number of languages he knows.

The story continues with Budai trying to learn the language, which he never really does, and his observations of the city he has arrived in. A dystopian novel in many respects this can also be seen in some ways as an allegory of Hungary, as near the end there is an uprising that is similar in many respects to that which happened in 1956. In all the time Budai is in this city he seems to be able to find no way of escape, although there is an underground railway there seems to be no aboveground railway, and although he arrives by plane, he seems unable to find the airport.

Captured here is the hustle and bustle of modern city living, especially as we have entered the age of mega-cities, which this seems to be in this book. What I find rather incongruous in this story is the image of a tower and the building growing floor by floor day in day out. Obviously the first thing that springs to mind is the biblical Tower of Babel, but as such it has no real context to the story. As with the uprising that takes place in this, we never actually find out if it was successful or not, as all signs seem to disappear that it happened and life goes on seemingly as before. Even the end of this, although upbeat does make you wonder how Budai suddenly came across what could be his salvation.
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In spite of reading the likes of Kafka and Orwell, I'd never heard of this book and only came upon it by accident. I was glad I did. The story captivated me from the first - the confusion, the press of people, the absurdity of the situation which was nonetheless dark and terrifying. There are flaws of course and I found the ending an enormous disappointment ("He would soon be home.") - almost infantile - as if the author had got bored of his endeavours and wanted to sum up quickly before rushing out for a pint. But I think my disappointment perversely is to the author's credit. If F Karinthy hadn't created such an engrossing and mystifying puzzle I wouldn't have cared so much for the outcome. Would recommend highly.
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To read Metropole is to lose oneself in the story and the nightmare city it describes.

You will be absorbed within it, from the first few pages.

Nightmarish, realistic, claustrophobic, enthralling.

Join the hero, you will feel like you literally have.

Stunning SF.
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'Metropole' appeared in Hungarian in 1970, but had to wait forty years to be translated into English. By repute, it is Ferenc Karinthy's best novel. The most common comparison is with Kafka, particularly the Kafka of 'The Trial' and 'The Castle'. As with most such comparisons, it is neither particularly helpful nor as much of a compliment to the author as is intended. Fortunately, Karinthy is his own man. Whether he possesses the uncanny power of Kafka is another matter.

The book might be placed as a late example of European existentialist fiction, with surreal flourishes. The central character, Budai, is a peripatetic academic who, by virtue of a series of events that may or may not be purely coincidental, finds himself deplaning in a mysterious country that is not his intended destination, and whose language he cannot understand. This is all the more alarming since Budai is a linguistician by profession. Taken to a hotel in the city nearby, he sets out to correct the mistake that has marooned him. The bulk of the book concerns his ever more desperate attempts to liberate himself, and the corrosive effects of his circumstances on his character and sense of identity.

Karinthy possessed a PhD in linguistics, and 'Metropole' is at some level a linguistician's perverse fantasy: the panic fear of mutual unintelligibility that dates back at least to the myth of the tower of Babel. The language of the strange and unnamed country is impossible to parse and ever-shifting. Budai finds himself in a sort of secular hell in which his best intentions are incommunicable and his professional skills useless. Karinthy observes how much of what we take to be our identity is given to us by others, and tied up in our ability to communicate.
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