by Ferenc Karinthy


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Disaster Strikes! Three Books Where Things Go Awry

It's never quite clear what mishap dooms Budai, the lead character of Ferenc Karinthy's unforgettable dystopian novel Metropole. He falls asleep on a plane and, as the result of the unknown screw-up, wakes up in the wrong city. This would be upsetting enough in normal circumstances, but the city Budai finds himself in is baffling and terrifying. Its buildings stretch beyond every horizon, and its streets are horribly thronged with surging, jostling crowds. Budai is a linguist, but

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