A Paperback edition by Antal Szerb in English, Hungarian and Spanish (Jul 28, 2007)
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The restless ruler of an obscure Central European state plots a coup against himself and escapes to Venice in search of "real" experience. There he falls in with a team of con-men... Read more
The restless ruler of an obscure Central European state plots a coup against himself and escapes to Venice in search of "real" experience. There he falls in with a team of con-men and ends up, to his own surprise, impersonating himself. His journey through successive levels of illusion and reality teaches him much about the world, his own nature, and the paradoxes of the human condition.
Antal Szerb was born in 1901 into a cultivated Budapest family of Jewish descent. Graduating in German and English, he rapidly established himself as a prolific scholar, publishing books on drama and poetry, studies of Ibsen and Blake, and histories of English, Hungarian, and world literature. His first novel, The Pendragon Legend, 1934, is set in London and Wales. He is also the author of Journey by Moonlight, The Queen's Necklace, Oliver VII and various volumes of novellas. He died in the forced-labour camp at Balf in January 1945.
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