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Journey by moonlight

Author: Antal Szerb; L B Rix
Publisher: London : Pushkin Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 cafe. It's Janos, someone Mihaly hasn't seen for years, and he wants Mihály to come with him in search of
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Antal Szerb; L B Rix
ISBN: 9781908968029 1908968028
OCLC Number: 808499805
Language Note: Translated from the Hungarian.
Notes: This translation originally published: 2001.
Description: 299 pages ; 21 cm
Other Titles: Utas és holdvilág.
Responsibility: Antal Szerb ; translated from the Hungarian by Len Rix.

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A major classic of 1930s literature, Antal Szerb's Journey by Moonlight (Utas es Holdvilag) is the fantastically moving and darkly funny story of a bourgeois businessman torn between duty and desire.  Read more...

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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 A novel to love as Read more...

 
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