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The distinguished Hungarian author Frigyes Karinthy was sitting in a Budapest café, wondering whether to write a long-planned monograph on modern man or a new play, when he was disturbed by the roaring—so loud as to drown out all other noises—of a passing train. Soon it was gone, only to be succeeded by another. And another. Strange, Karinthy thought, it had been years since Budapest had streetcars. Only then did he realize he was suffering from an auditory hallucination of extraordinary intensity.

What in fact Karinthy was suffering from was a brain tumor, not cancerous but hardly benign, though it was only much later—after spells of giddiness, fainting fits, friends remarking that his handwriting had altered, and books going blank before his eyes—that he consulted a doctor and embarked on a series of examinations that would lead to brain surgery. Karinthys description of his descent into illness and his observations of his symptoms, thoughts, and feelings, as well as of his friends and doctors varied responses to his predicament, are exact and engrossing and entirely free of self-pity. A Journey Round My Skull is not only an extraordinary piece of medical testimony, but a powerful work of literature—one that dances brilliantly on the edge of extinction.

About the Author

Frigyes Karinthy (1887—1938) was a Hungarian author, playwright, poet, journalist, and translator. He was the first proponent of the six degrees of separation concept in his 1929 short story, L‡ncszemek (Chains). Karinthy is known in English for his novellas Voyage to Faremido and Capillaria. Father of Ferenc Karinthy, he remains one Hungarys most popular writers.

Oliver Sacks practices neurology in New York City. His books include Awakenings, Uncle Tungsten, and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.

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Matthew Silva, March 3, 2008 (view all comments by Matthew Silva)
A great book filled with keen observations on the limits and influences of the human brain. Karinthy's narrative is lucid and engaging. His story is told in a roundabout way, but fills in all the gaps nicely. The section on his surgery is especially chilling and gripping. An awesome journey through one mans' skull. New York Review Of Books has re-published another winning book from the past.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781590172582
Author:
Karinthy, Frigyes
Publisher:
New York Review of Books
Translator:
Barker, Vernon Duckworth
Introduction by:
Sacks, Oliver
Introduction:
Sacks, Oliver
Author:
Barker, Vernon Duckworth
Author:
Sacks, Oliver
Author:
Various
Subject:
Neuropsychology
Subject:
Brain
Subject:
Surgery
Subject:
General
Subject:
Specific Groups - Special Needs
Subject:
Medical - General
Subject:
Karinthy, Frigyes - Health
Subject:
Brain - Tumors - Patients - Hungary
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Biography/Medical
Subject:
memoir;medicine;brain;hungary;non-fiction;literature;neurology;illness;hungarian
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
New York Review Books Classics
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
8 x 5.07 x 0.64 in 0.7 lb

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