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Oliver VII by Antal Szerb
Book DescriptionThe restless King Oliver VII of Alturia, an obscure Central European state whose only notable exports are wine and sardines, wants nothing more than an easy life: so, plotting a coup against himself, King Oliver VII 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, about his own nature and the paradoxes of the human condition. Szerb offered Oliver VII as a translation from a non-existent English writer, A H Redcliff - typical Szerb humor, or a reflection of the fact that as a 'rootless cosmopolitan' his own work was banned by the Nazi regime?
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781901285901
(198mm x 129mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Pushkin Press
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Publish Date: 31-Aug-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Antal Szerb
Journey by Moonlight, Paperback (February 2016)
Part of Alma Classics Evergreens series, Journey by Moonlight is here presented in a brilliant new translation by Peter V. Czipott.
Third Tower, Paperback (March 2014)
A typically brilliant, ironic and moving travelogue by one of the twentieth century's greatest writers
Love in a Bottle and Other Stories, Paperback (June 2013)
A collection of Szerb's shorter fiction, which superbly demonstrates his development from young idealist to mature ironist
Queen's Necklace, Paperback (June 2013)» View all books by Antal Szerb
In August 1785 Paris buzzed with a scandal that had everything - an eminent churchman, a female fraudster, a part-time prostitute and the hated Queen herself. Its centrepiece was the most expensive diamond necklace ever assembled, and the tangle of fraud, folly, blindness and self-delusion it provoked.
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Author Biography - Antal Szerb
Antal Szerb (1901-1945) was born 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 novels, available in Pushkin Press, include The Pendragon Legend (1934), set in London and Wales, Journey by Moonlight (1937), The Queen's Necklace (1943), and Oliver VII (1943). He was beaten to death in the forced-labour camp at Balf in January 1945.
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