FORTHCOMING FROM NEW DIRECTIONS
BARON WENCKHEIM’S HOMECOMING
By László Krasznahorkai
Translated from the Hungarian by Ottilie Mulzet
Set in contemporary times, Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming tells the story of a Prince Myshkin–like figure who decides to return to the provincial Hungarian town of his birth. Having escaped from his many casino debts in Buenos Aires, where he was living in exile, he wishes to be reunited with his high school sweetheart Marika. What follows is an endless storm of gossip, con men, and local politicians, vividly evoking the small town’s alternately drab and absurd existence. All along, the Professor—a world-famous natural scientist who studies mosses and inhabits a bizarre shack in a desolate area outside of town—offers long rants and disquisitions on his own attempts to immunize himself from thought. Spectacular actions are staged, death and the abyss loom, until finally doom is brought down on the unsuspecting residents of the town.
“I’ve said a thousand times that I always wanted to write just one book. Now, with Baron, I can close this story. With this novel I can prove that I really wrote just one book in my life. This is the book—Satantango, Melancholy, War and War, and Baron. This is my one book.” — László Krasznahorkai (THE PARIS REVIEW INTERVIEW)
Winner of the 2015 Man Booker International Prize, LÁSZLÓ KRASZNAHORKAI was born in Gyula, Hungary. This is his eighth book published by New Directions.
OTTILIE MULZET received the Best Translated Book Award in 2014 for her translation of Krasznahorkai’s Seiobo There Below.