The Glance of Countess Hahn-Hahn by Peter Esterhazy
Down the Danube

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Takes readers on a journey of the imagination, down the river Danube to where it empties into the Black Sea. The hero is a professional traveller, commissioned to undertake a voyage of discovery. Communicating his experiences to his employer, the Traveller weaves a tapestry of narratives.
 

About Peter Esterhazy

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Esterhazy is a prolific essayist and a playwright.
 
Published March 1, 1994 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson Ltd. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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But this is not a travelogue, and the narrator is not your conventional guide: While he offers facts, historical and allegorical anecdotes, and tart commentary on recent European history, at the heart of the story is the exploration of the relationships between place and self, destiny and destina...

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Like the region it describes, this offbeat, eccentric novel from Hungarian author Esterhazy (Helping Verbs of the Heart) can't quite decide what to be. Purportedly a travelogue from a hired Traveller

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Within this context, Esterhazy decries the effects of communism and what he sees as its warping of the human spirit: ``Nothing dramatic happened, only that he began to speak more softly, grew more attentive, pricking up his ears, night and day, like an animal.

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But, in references back to his childhood, the narrator frustrates the reader with the same ellipses which turn his description of the Hungarian capital into a worn set of modernist generalisations and clever-clever paradoxes such as the following: 'At every second the unhappy city contains a happ...

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