Celestial Harmonies: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Mar 15, 2005 - Fiction - 880 pages

The Esterházys, one of Europe's most prominent aristocratic families, are closely linked to the rise and fall of the Hapsburg Empire. Princes, counts, commanders, diplomats, bishops, and patrons of the arts, revered, respected, and occasionally feared by their contemporaries, their story is as complex as the history of Hungary itself. Celestial Harmonies is the intricate chronicle of this remarkable family, a saga spanning seven centuries of epic conquest, tragedy, triumph, and near annihilation. Told by Péter Esterházy, a scion of this populous clan, Celestial Harmonies is dazzling in scope and profound in implication. It is fiction at its most awe-inspiring.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

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Peter Esterhazy's "Celestial Harmonies" is a difficult book for me to rate. I went into it knowing little to nothing about Hungarian history and nothing at all of the Esterhazy family, which ... Read full review

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Few novels of recent years even approach the ambition of Celestial Harmonies by Péter Esterházy. He comes from an ancient aristocratic family whose members were involved in many of the important ... Read full review

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PÉter EsterhÁzy, a member of one of Europe’s most prominent aristocratic families, was born in Budapest in 1950. His books, published mostly in Europe, are considered to be significant contributions to postwar literature.

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