The Queen's Necklace by Antal SzerbThe Queen's Necklace by Antal Szerb

The Queen's Necklace

byAntal SzerbTranslated byLen Rix

Paperback | June 11, 2013

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In August 1785 Paris buzzed with scandal. It involved an eminent churchman, a notorious charlatan, a female fraudster, a part-time prostitute and the hated Queen herself. At its heart was the most expensive diamond necklace ever assembled-and the web of fraud, folly and self-delusion it had inspired.

In Szerb's last major work, a witty and often surprising account of events, the story is used as a standpoint from which to survey the entire age. Written in war-torn Hungary in the early 1940s, it constitutes a remarkable gesture of defiance against the brutal world in which the writer lived and died.

"A sparkling slice of eighteenth-century life" Paul Bailey, Independent

Pushkin Collection editions feature a spare, elegant series style and superior, durable components. The Collection is typeset in Monotype Baskerville, litho-printed on Munken Premium White Paper and notch-bound by the independently owned printer TJ International in Padstow. The covers, with French flaps, are printed on Colorplan Pristine White Paper. Both paper and cover board are acid-free and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified.
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 acros...
Title:The Queen's NecklaceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 6.46 × 4.75 × 1.18 inPublished:June 11, 2013Publisher:Steerforth PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1908968419

ISBN - 13:9781908968418

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Editorial Reviews

"The recent revival of this amiably brilliant man’s writing is in large part due to the efforts of the translator Len Rix and the Pushkin Press. . . [The Queen’s Necklace] is a chatty, feather-light historical essay concerning a “barbarically” huge diamond necklace that plunged the court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette into scandal. . . It seems impossible that Szerb’s wit, his intelligence and his generosity could be preserved in a book written in the midst of the fanatical hatreds that would consume him. But then, it’s a small miracle that we have so many books available from this gentle giant of European letters." - The Wall Street Journal"A wonderful book; both thoughtful and blasting, and another revelation of Szerb’s light-footed erudition." - Ali Smith"Antal Szerb belongs with the master novelists of the 20th century." - Paul Bailey, Daily Telegraph"Szerb is a master novelist whose powers transcend time and language." - Nicholas Lezard, Guardian