Oliver VII (Pushkin Collection) (Paperback)

Oliver VII (Pushkin Collection) By Antal Szerb, Len Rix (Translated by) Cover Image
By Antal Szerb, Len Rix (Translated by)
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The bored young ruler of an idyllic Central European country plots a coup against himself and escapes to Venice in search of 'real' experience. There he falls in with a team of ambitious con-men and ends up, to his own surprise, impersonating himself.

In this wonderfully droll tale the king's journey through successive levels of illusion and reality teaches him much about the world, his foreordained role in it, and himself. Once again Szerb's gentle irony is brought to bear on some uncomfortable paradoxes of self and the human condition.

"Szerb belongs with the master novelists of the twentieth century" Paul Bailey, Daily Telegraph 

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About the Author

Antal Szerb was born in Budapest in 1901. Though of Jewish descent, he was baptised at an early age and remained a lifelong Catholic. He rapidly established himself as a formidable scholar, through studies of Ibsen and Blake and histories of English, Hungarian and world literature. He was a prolific essayist and reviewer, ranging across all the major European languages. Debarred by successive Jewish laws from working in a university, he was subjected to increasing persecution, and finally murdered in a forced labour camp in 1945. Pushkin Press publishes his novels The Pendragon Legend, Oliver VII and his masterpiece Journey by Moonlight, as well as the historical study The Queen's Necklace and Love in a Bottle and Other Stories.

Praise For…

"The recent revival of this amiably brilliant man’s writing is in large part due to the efforts of the translator Len Rix and the Pushkin Press. . . An utterly charming Shakespearean masquerade unfolds, in which Oliver VII plays the role of a charlatan who is playing the role of Oliver VII. . . It seems impossible that Szerb’s wit, his intelligence and his generosity could be preserved in a book written in the midst of the fanatical hatreds that would consume him. But then, it’s a small miracle that we have so many books available from this gentle giant of European letters." The Wall Street Journal

"Szerb belongs with the master novelists of the 20th century." - Paul Bailey, Daily Telegraph

"[T]here is more to it than fable. It actually has much in common with Journey by Moonlight: the flight from identity, the alleys of Venice, the choices that must be made between duty and pleasure, or between two women. And it has its comedy, too." - Nicholas Lezard, Guardian

"A writer of immense subtlety and generosity, with an uncommonly light touch which masks its own artistry. His novels transform farce into poetry, comic melancholy into a kind of self-effacing grace... Antal Szerb is one of the great European writers." - Ali Smith

Product Details
ISBN: 9781908968395
ISBN-10: 1908968397
Publisher: Pushkin Collection
Publication Date: August 6th, 2013
Pages: 208
Language: English
Series: Pushkin Collection