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Summer Resort

Summer Resort

Author(s): Esther Kinsky

Location(s): Hungary

Genre(s): Animals

Era(s): 20th Century

“Summer Resort”, the first novel by noted translator Esther Kinsky, is set in a village somewhere on the endless Hungarian plain. It is the hottest summer in memory, and everyone in the village dreams of the sweet life in Udulo, a summer resort on a river. The characters that populate “Summer Resort” tell stories – comic, tragic, or both – of life in rural Hungary. Tales of onion kings and melon pickers, of scrapyards and sugar beet factories, paint a vivid and human picture of their world. In the course of the novel, the storytellers’ paths intersect at the summer resort with the bar owner Lacibacsi, the Kozak Boys and their fat and pale wives, and the builder Antal, who introduces a mysterious new woman to the inhabitants of the resort. The stranger disrupts their otherwise staid summer routines – with surprising, unpredictable consequences. Now available for the first time in English, “Summer Resort” brings to a new audience one of the most distinctive emerging voices in recent German writing.

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A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

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