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The Ninth: A Novel
by Ferenc Barnas
translated by Paul Olchvary
Northwestern University Press, 2009
Paper: 978-0-8101-2602-2
Library of Congress Classification PH3382.12.A74K5513 2009
Dewey Decimal Classification 894.51134

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Set in a sleepy village north of Budapest in 1968, this touching, unsettling novel paints a richly wrought portrait of mid-twentieth-century Hungary. The narrator is the ninth child of a family distinguished by its size, poverty, faith, and abundance of physical and psychological disabilities. His confusion is exacerbated by the strict, secretive Catholic household his parents keep in the face of a Communist system. These dual oppressions propel him toward an inevitable realization of his guilt and desire that speaks to his struggle with a fateful, seamless beauty.


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