Journey by Moonlight
"No one who has read it has failed to love it."—Nicholas Lezard, Guardian "Szerb belongs with the master novelists of the twentieth century."—Paul Bailey, Daily Telegraph ANXIOUS TO PLEASE his bourgeois father, Mihaly has joined the family firm in Budapest. Pursued by nostalgia for his bohemian... show more
"No one who has read it has failed to love it."—Nicholas Lezard, Guardian "Szerb belongs with the master novelists of the twentieth century."—Paul Bailey, Daily Telegraph ANXIOUS TO PLEASE his bourgeois father, Mihaly has joined the family firm in Budapest. Pursued by nostalgia for his bohemian youth, he seeks escape in marriage to Erzsi, not realising that she has chosen him as a means to her own rebellion. On their honeymoon in Italy Mihaly "loses" his bride at a provincial station and embarks on a chaotic and bizarre journey that leads him finally to Rome. There all the death-haunted and erotic elements of his past converge, and he, like Erzsi, has finally to choose.
Publish date: January 1st 2001
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Pages no: 240
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Historical Fiction
, 20th Century
, Hungarian Literature
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The first time I've heard about Antal Szerb was no more than two months ago. Since then, I managed to put my hands onto all the novels by Szerb translated into English, whose number equals to three.I had the luck to make a good catch while visiting an Oxfam charity shop in lovely Bath, UK. Bless the...
Translated from the Hungarian by Len RixOpening: On the train everything seemed fine. The trouble began in Venice, with the back-alleys.Only a few times a year the back cover epiphets match the inner contents, usually the talkingitup is entirely misleading. An incredible piece of writing that displa...
“ON THE TRAIN everything seemed fine. The trouble began in Venice, with the back alleys.” This is our introduction to Mihaly a Hungarian businessman on his honeymoon in Venice. Mihaly has married his wife Erzi to escape from an adolescent rebellious nature and into the arms of conformity, part of th...
I wasn't enchanted with the first section, which sets up the adolescent relationships that are so important to the rest of the book. But I was rewarded for getting through that. Hard to categorize and unlike most of what I read, but it drew me in and kept me there to finish it off in a captivating a...