Kornel Esti

By Deszo Kosztolanyi; Dezsso Kosztolanyi; Desz Kosztol Nyi
(New Directions Publishing Corporation, Paperback, 9780811218436, 240pp.)

Publication Date: February 2011

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Crazy, funny and gorgeously dark, Kornel Esti sets into rollicking action a series of adventures about a man and his wicked doppleganger, who breathes every forbidden idea of his childhood into his ear, and then reappears decades later. Part Gogol, part Chekhov, and all brilliance, Kosztolanyi in his final book serves up his most magical, radical, and intoxicating work. Here is a novel which inquires: What if your id (loyally keeping your name) decides to strike out on its own, cuts a disreputable swath through the world, and then sends home to you all its unpaid bills and ruined maidens? And then: What if you and your alter ego decide to write a book together?"

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