The Hothouse

A Novel

Wolfgang Koeppen (Author), Michael Hofmann (Translator, University of Florida)

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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.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • July 2002
  • ISBN 978-0-393-32326-9
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 224 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.


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