The Tragic Fate of Moritz Toth

The Tragic Fate of Moritz Toth

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The Tragic Fate of Moritz Tóth

Dana Todorović

(Translated by the author)

Ex-punk rocker Mortiz Toth is languishing in the suburbs when he receives an unexpected call from Marika Foldes of the Employment Office, offering him a job as a prompter at the Budapest Opera. While trying to cope with the claustrophobia of long confinement in a rudimentary wooden box, struggling to follow Puccini’s Turandot in a language he doesn’t understand, in his free-time Moritz gradually becomes convinced that he is being pursued by a malevolent force; in the hideous person of his neighbour, Ezekiel.

The Tragic Fate of Moritz Toth is story told through two parallel narratives: the growing paranoia of our reluctant hero Moritz, and Tobias Keller, the Moral Issues Advisor with the Office of the Great Overseer, on trail for interfering with the free-will of a human being. As the plot in Moritz's world develops in the atmospheric style of Kafka and Bulgakov, Tobias discusses with the Disciplinary Committee the life path of Moritz Toth, which initiates debate over the age-old questions concerning the human condition. Mixing philosophy with first-class story-telling, Todorović charmingly coaxes us towards an unexpected conclusion, where the pieces of the puzzle finally come together and the connection between the two storylines is fully elucidated.

This book is published in cooperation with Peter Owen, as part of the World Series.