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Count Luna - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)
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Count Luna - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback 160 Pages
Published: 28/03/2024
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'A book so astonishing that I immediately reread it, fearful it might disappear' Patti Smith

The war is over but Alexander Jessiersky, a wealthy Austrian aristocrat and industrialist, is haunted by guilt over the neighbour he inadvertently sent to a concentration camp, Count Luna. What's more, he is convinced that Luna survived - and is out to get his revenge. So begins a wild, weird cat-and-mouse chase that takes him and his shadowy nemesis through windswept valleys, eerie houses and, eventually, Rome's catacombs, as an increasingly paranoid Jessiersky asks himself: will Luna stop at nothing to exact his bloody vengeance? Crazed, raging and darkly comic, Count Luna is a reckoning with postwar guilt, and an irresistible tale of the uncanny.

'Like Kafka ... Lernet-Holenia weaves his most intimate hopes and dreams ... with exquisitely imagined detail' Chicago Tribune

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241649541
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 123 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 8 mm


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A book so astonishing that I immediately re-read it, fearful it might disappear - Patti Smith

Daunting panache, fast-moving, cleverly convoluted, terrific - Irish Times

In Count Luna, an industrialist inadvertently responsible for sending a man to a concentration camp feels certain that the fellow survived the war and is mounting a shadowy campaign of revenge. Like Kafka [...] Lernet-Holenia weaves his most intimate hopes and dreams into the texture of what happens next with exquisitely imagined detail - Chicago Tribune

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“Obsession and madness!”

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For a short period of the 19th century, Russian literature was permeated with a trope termed 'the superfluous man'. Though not exclusive to the works of Turgenev and Pushkin, this archetype was defined by... More

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