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)

At last, the capstone to Krasznahorkai’s four-part masterwork

Available September 24, 2019

Baron Wenckheim's Homecoming

Fiction by László Krasznahorkai

Translated by Ottilie Mulzet

Set in contemporary times, Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming tells the story of a Prince Myshkin–like figure, Baron Béla Wenckheim, who returns at the end of his life to his provincial Hungarian hometown. Having escaped from his many casino debts in Buenos Aires, where he was living in exile, he longs to be reunited with his high-school sweetheart Marika. Confusions abound, and 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 Zen-like shack in a desolate area outside of town—offers long rants and disquisitions on his attempts to immunize himself from thought. Spectacular actions are staged as death and the abyss loom over the unsuspecting townfolk.

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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)

Krasznahorkai constantly pushes beyond the expected, escalating everything to the brink of deliriousness.

—Idra Novey, The New York Times Book Review

If you’re a fan of Krasznahorkai, you already know that you need to read this one: the final volume in his four-part series, in which the aging Baron Bela Wenckheim proceeds home to Hungary, to the highly absurd town of his birth.

—Emily Temple, LitHub

The baron cuts a memorable figure, but the real star of Krasznahorkai’s story is a philosopher who has cut himself off from society and lives in hermitage in a forest park, concerned with problems of being and nonbeing. In the end, the worlds the philosopher, the baron, and other characters inhabit are slated to disappear in a wall of flame.

Kirkus Reviews

Is this a funeral march? If so, it is the craziest one to have ever been composed. Astounding.

Die Zeit

The Hungarian master of the apocalypse.

—Susan Sontag

A vision of painstaking beauty.

NPR

His work tends to get passed around like rare currency. One of the most profoundly unsettling experiences I have had as a reader.

—James Wood, The New Yorker

One of the most mysterious artists now at work.

—Colm Tóibín

The universality of Krasznahorkai’s vision rivals that of Gogol’s Dead Souls and far surpasses all the lesser concerns of contemporary writing.

—W. G. Sebald

Hungarian maestro László Krasznahorkai is laconic and shrewd, as practical as he is existential, capable of wresting huge laughs as well as immense profundity from the commonplace and the way in which we choose to respond to it.

—Eileen Battersby, The Irish Times

László Krasznahorkai is a visionary writer of extraordinary intensity and vocal range who captures the texture of present-day existence in scenes that are terrifying, strange, appallingly comic, and often shatteringly beautiful.

—Marina Warner, Announcing the Man Booker International Prize