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Journey by Moonlight
By Antal Szerb, Len Rix (trans) and Julie Orringer (introduced by)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher New York Review of Books
Publication date October 7, 2014
Pages 301
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781590177730
ISBN-10 1590177738
Dimensions 0.50 by 5 by 8 in.
Weight 0.70 lbs.
Original list price $16.95
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: An NYRB Classics Original

The trouble begins in Venice, the first stop on Erzsi and Mihály’s honeymoon tour of Italy. Here Erzsi discovers that her new husband prefers wandering back alleys on his own to her company. The trouble picks up in Ravenna, where a hostile man zooms up on a motorcycle as the couple are sitting at an outdoor café. It’s János, someone Mihály hasn’t seen for years, and he wants Mihály to come with him in search of Ervin, their childhood friend. The trouble comes to a head when Mihály misses the train he and Erzsi are due to take to Rome. Off he goes across Italy, wandering from city to city, haunted and accosted by a strange array of figures from the troubled youth that he thought he had left behind: There are the charismatic siblings, Éva and Tamás, whose bizarre amateur theatricals linked sex and death forever in his mind; Ervin, a Jew turned Catholic monk who was his rival for Éva’s love; and again, that ruffian on the motorcycle.

Antal Szerb’s dreamlike adventure, like Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita, is an intoxicating, utterly individual mix of magic, madness, eros, and menace. In the words of the critic Nicholas Lezard, “No one who has read it has failed to love it.”

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9781908968029
 
With Antal Szerb | Reprint edition from Pushkin Pr Ltd (March 19, 2013)
9781908968029 | details & prices | 299 pages | 5.50 × 8.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.12 lbs | List price $25.00
About: A major classic of 1930s literature, Antal Szerb's Journey by Moonlight (Utas és Holdvilág) is the fantastically moving and darkly funny story of a bourgeois businessman torn between duty and desire.
Paperback
Book cover for 9781590177730 Book cover for 9781908968432
 
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With Julie Orringer (other contributor), Antal Szerb | from New York Review of Books (October 7, 2014)
9781590177730 | details & prices | 301 pages | 5.00 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $16.95
About: An NYRB Classics OriginalThe trouble begins in Venice, the first stop on Erzsi and Mihály’s honeymoon tour of Italy.
With Antal Szerb | Reprint edition from Pushkin Pr Ltd (June 11, 2013)
9781908968432 | details & prices | 333 pages | 4.75 × 6.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $18.00
About: A major classic of 1930s literature, Antal Szerb's Journey by Moonlight (Utas és Holdvilág) is the fantastically moving and darkly funny story of a bourgeois businessman torn between duty and desire.

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