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Oliver VII (Paperback)
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Oliver VII (Paperback)

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Paperback 208 Pages / Published: 06/06/2013
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A comic fable from one of the masters of twentieth-century prose "Szerb belongs with the master novelists of the twentieth century" Paul Bailey, Daily Telegraph 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. 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.

Publisher: Pushkin Press
ISBN: 9781908968395
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 204 g
Dimensions: 165 x 120 x 20 mm

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“Oliver VII”

The second Szerb book I've read this month; this is another of the gorgeously presented translations from Pushkin Press. This is the final novel written by the author and was published under supremely difficult... More

Paperback edition
14th April 2014
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“A wonderfully comic fable about responsibility, what it means to live, and the darkness at the heart of the early-20th century”

This is the first of many Szerb novels that I will be reading. Oliver VII is the wonderfully comic of a young prince who, bored of the royal life and the responsibility that comes with it, stages a coup against... More

Paperback edition
30th May 2018
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