The best of Antal Szerb, published by Pushkin Press
With this wonderful set of books to treasure, Pushkin Press celebrates the very best work by the great Hungarian writer Antal Szerb (1901-1945). His sharp intelligence and sparkling wit are evident in everything he wrote, where the deepest meditations on the human condition are carried within darkly amusing tales. In this collection, Szerb’s ideas about identity, history, art and society are shown to be as vitally important today as they were when first written.
Contains the novels Journey by Moonlight, The Pendragon Legend and Oliver VII, the short story collection Love in a Bottle and the history The Queen’s Necklace.
“A writer of immense subtlety and generosity… Can literary mastery be this quiet-seeming, this hilarious, this kind? Antal Szerb is one of the great European writers” Ali Smith
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.