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Karinthy, Ferenc

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1921-1992) Hungarian author, the son of Frigyes Karinthy; of his wide output, which is primarily nonfantastic and focuses mostly on Hungarian life in the twentieth century, one novel is of some sf interest (see Fantastika). The linguist protagonist (see Linguistics) of Epepe (1970; trans George Szirtes as Metropole 2008) finds himself in an utterly transformed Helsinki, a City whose landscape and language traumatically unpack something like Hell (or perhaps an Alternate World). Here, unable to contact anyone known to him, he must, like the protagonist/victim of a tale by Franz Kafka, attempt to survive. [JC]

Ferenc Karinthy

born Budapest, Hungary: 2 June 1921

died Budapest, Hungary: 29 February 1992

works (very highly selected)

  • Epepe (Budapest, Hungary: Magvető Könyvkiadó, 1970) [binding unknown/]
    • Metropole (London: Telegram Books, 2008) [trans by George Szirtes of the above: pb/uncredited]


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