Voyage To Kazohinia by Sandor SzathmariVoyage To Kazohinia by Sandor Szathmari

Voyage To Kazohinia

bySandor SzathmariTranslated byInez Kemenes

Paperback | July 3, 2012

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A page-turning dystopian classic that stands alongside Brave New World and Gulliver's Travels.

Voyage to Kazohinia is a tour de force of twentieth-century literature--and it is here published in English for the first time outside of Hungary. Sándor Szathmári's comical novel chronicles the travels of a modern Gulliver on the eve of World War II. A shipwrecked English ship's surgeon finds himself on an unknown island whose inhabitants, the Hins, live a technologically advanced existence without emotions, desires, arts, money, or politics. Soon unhappy amid this bleak perfection, Gulliver asks to be admitted to the closed settlement of the Behins, beings with souls and atavistic human traits. He has seen nothing yet. A massively entertaining mix of satire and science fiction, Voyage to Kazohinia has seen half a dozen editions in Hungary in the seventy years since its original publication and remains the country's most popular cult classic.
Sándor Szathmári (1897-1974) was among the most extraordinary and elusive figures in twentieth-century Hungarian literature. The author of two published novels and several story collections in his native tongue, he is best known for Voyage to Kazohina—which, titled Kazohinia on most editions in Hungary, has been treasured by generation...
Title:Voyage To KazohiniaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.4 × 5.5 × 0.76 inPublished:July 3, 2012Publisher:Steerforth PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0982578121

ISBN - 13:9780982578124

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"A page-turner for both the adult as well as the adolescent reader, Voyage to Kazohinia  is a classic waiting to be discovered by every literate person. This newly translated and profoundly transformative novel ought to be taught in high schools and colleges across the English-speaking world. " --David Mandler, PhD, English Teacher at Stuyvesant High School, New York City"Massively entertaining! . . . Make room for the new Gulliver. He has brought home news out of Kazohinia." -- Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and Out of Oz“Written in 1935, Voyage to Kazohinia is a strikingly postmodern and open-ended dystopia that rightfully belongs among the twentieth-century classics of the genre. And it is unique in being less a strident political cautionary tale than it is a brilliantly mordant reflection on government, reason, and language.”—Carter Hanson, Associate Professor of English, Valparaiso University “[A] dystopian cult classic. . . . Gulliver washes up on the island of Kazohinia, which is populated by bizarre inhabitants . . . whose sense of morality and society force [him] to reconsider his own understanding of life, love, and death.” —Publishers Weekly “Highly entertaining. . . . Readers familiar with the classic Swift satire will find much to admire here, but those unfamiliar with Gulliver’s Travels should still have a good time.” —Booklist "A satire on our world of power politics... clever and inventive." -- Allan Massie, The Wall Street Journal"However you interpret it, the novel is most certainly a literary masterpiece." -- William Auld"This remarkable book . . . prefigured the diametric model of mental illness by a full fifty years. . . . The author deserves full credit not only for writing one of the most brilliant satires of modern times, but also for implicitly understanding the diametrically opposite nature of autism and psychosis, mentalistic and mechanistic cognition—not to mention the threat to sanity and civilization of hyper-mentalism. Indeed, it is the latter feature which makes this hitherto overlooked masterpiece so relevant to society and psychology today." -- Christopher Badcock, PhD, emeritus reader in sociology, University of London"Like Milton . . . Szathmári is fascinated by humankind’s precarious oscillation between good and evil; and, like the novelist Aldous Huxley in Brave New World, he is deeply suspicious of notions of human perfectibility this side of heaven itself." --Humphrey Tonkin, President Emeritus of the University of Hartford"As if Bradbury and Orwell had been mixed with fresh wild berries, Voyage to Kazohinia was so ahead of its time that its time still hasn't caught up. Perhaps now it will." --Miklos Vamos, author of The Book of Fathers"Voyage to Kazohinia belongs on every bookshelf alongside the works of Orwell, Huxley, and Zamyatin." -- Gyorgy Dragoman, author of The White King."Sándor Szathmári writes in the best tradition of Jonathan Swift in using the framework of an adventure story for a fascinating in-depth exploration of human relationships. . . . And he remarkably brings off a crystal-clear style that never gets boring in the least."--Reinhard Fössmeier, International Academy of the Sciences San Marino"A powerful stimulus to thought. What distinguishes Voyage to Kazohinia from similar ventures and yet links it to Huxley's Brave New World is its description of both utopia and dystopia."--Michel Duc Goninaz, author of La Plena Ilustrita Vortaro de Esperanto (Complete Illustrated Esperanto Dictionary)