Author(s): Antal Szerb
Hungarian Antal Szerb is best known in the West as the author of three extraordinary novels, most notably Journey by Moonlight (1937), and a highly entertaining study of the Ancient Regime in France: The Queen's Necklace (1942). This selection of his stories and novellas, set variously in mythical times and in the London and Paris of the twenties and thirties, reflects his love of life and the irrepressible irony that is his trademark.
Szerb is a master novelist whose powers transcend time and language -- Nicholas Lezard Guardian 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 belongs with the master novelists of the 20th century -- Paul Bailey
Antal Szerb was born in 1901 into a cultivated Budapest family of Jewish descent. Graduating in German and English, he rapidly established himself as a prolific scholar, publishing books on drama and poetry, studies of Ibsen and Blake, and histories of English, Hungarian, and world literature. His first novel, The Pendragon Legend, 1934, is set in London and Wales. He is also the author of Journey by Moonlight, The Queen's Necklace, Oliver VII and various volumes of novellas. He died in the forced-labour camp at Balf in January 1945.