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The Hothouse: A Novel

ISBN13: 9780393323269
ISBN: 0393323269
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $13.95
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Published Date:
Pages: 224
Average Goodreads rating: 3.43/5 (3 ratings)

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.