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Oliver VII Paperback – January 1, 2007

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"Szerb belongs with the master novelists of the 20th century" PAUL BAILEY Daily Telegraph "May Szerb"s re-entry into our literary pantheon be definitive" ALBERTO MANGUEL Financial Times

About the Author

Antal Szerb was born into a cultivated family of Jewish descent in 1901. He graduated in German, English and Hungarian, and rapidly established himself as a formidable scholar, publishing books on drama and poetry, studies of Blake and Ibsen, and Histories of English, Hungarian and World Literature. In 1933 he was elected president of the Hungarian Literary Academy. He was also known as an essayist, playwright and as the author of various novellas and a historical fiction, The Queen’s Necklace. He died in a labour camp in 1945.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 205 pages
  • Publisher: Pushkin Press; Gift edition edition (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901285790
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901285796
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 4.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,438,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Admission: I used to be a Hungarian until 1957 and Szerb's works were, in the original language, always my favorites. Oliver VII. was not on the best-seller list when Szerb was alive (he was murdered by the German Nazis) and I am sure the translation loses some from the original's flavor. Still, those who like Szerb's works, it is worth while to read.
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I love this newly found by me author. Tragic history has kept him from we Anglophones for too long. This wonderful translation is a delight - the novel itself is a total delight, a jeu d'esprit as told by an intelligent, cultured friend with a big heart. I've now read all if Mr Szerb's work currently available in English - might have to learn Hungarian!
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Wikipedia defines a farce as a "comedy that aims to entertain the audience by means of unlikely, extravagant, and improbable situations, disguise and mistaken identity... and a fast-paced plot whose speed usually increases... and moves at a frantic pace toward a climax in which the initial problem is resolved. ...Generally, there is a happy ending." This definition certainly applies to OLIVER VII, where King Oliver of Alturia is unwilling to sign the unfavorable Coltor Treaty, is overthrown in a subsequent revolution, lives incognito in Vienna as the schlemiel Oscar, and then impersonates himself while participating in a plot to defraud the businessman Coltor of his vast fortune. In doing so, King Oliver... well, I'll say no more.

OLIVER VII is not great literature. Its characters are one-dimensional. There are no unique insights. Szerb evokes no special worlds or worldviews. Fate is playful and comical and not a profound confrontation with conscience or duty. Even so, this novel does share many features with Szerb's superb novel Journey by Moonlight (Pushkin Paper). As Len Rix observes in his terrific afterward, these include protagonists who start as misfits, flee from their responsibilities, and have strange adventures as they quest for their true selves. In JOURNEY, Szerb uses these preoccupations to create outstanding fiction. In OLIVER, the same material produces, well, entertainment.

Rix also observes that OLIVER reveals Szerb's "sly wit, benign good humor, and capacity to surprise us at every turn... and is unswervingly playful."

Recommended as a beach book, provided the amazing JOURNEY is read first. Rounded up to four stars.
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