The Hothouse: A Novel (Paperback)

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By Wolfgang Koeppen, Michael Hofmann (Translated by)
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"A recovered masterpiece....Remarkable as a sidelong, searing appraisal of the legacy of the Nazi years."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

A masterpiece by a writer long neglected in America, The Hothouse created a literary stir when it appeared in hardcover. Evoking comparisons to works by James Joyce and Malcolm Lowry, it traces the final two days in the life of a minor German politician, Keetenheuve, a man disillusioned by the corruption of post-World War II German politics and grieving after the sudden death of his wife. With a passionate, despairing voice, Wolfgang Koeppen (1906-1996), whom Gunter Grass once called the "greatest living German writer," creates a portrait of idealism crushed by political and personal compromise.

About the Author

Wolfgang Koeppen's (1906-1996) The Hothouse was named one of the Los Angeles Times Best Books of the Year and a New York Times Notable Book.

The poet Michael Hofmann has won numerous prizes for his German translations.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393323269
ISBN-10: 0393323269
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: July 17th, 2002
Pages: 222
Language: English