Never off our bestseller list, this radiant novel thoroughly deserves its place here. --London Review Bookshop
No one who has read it has failed to love it. -- What is so wonderful about the book is its tone and its grasp of character. (...) There is something almost divine about this -- and that Szerb's great intelligence didn't force him to produce a work of arid perfectionism makes it all the more remarkable. --NICHOLAS LEZARD The Guardian
Journey by Moonlight is a burning book, a major book. GEORGE SZIRTES Times Literary Supplement -- Szerb belongs with the master novelists of the 20th century. PAUL BAILEY Daily Telegraph -- May Szerb's entry into our literary pantheon be definitive. ALBERTO MANGUEL Financial Times -- Despite the darkness of its themes and the European history that haunts it, Journey by Moonlight manages to be both comic and beautiful. MEGAN STEPHAN Daily Telegraph -- (A) most important document regarding the opinions and literary orientation of the author's generation. --MIKLOS SZABOLSCI History of Hungarian Literature (1964)
About the Author
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, was writtenin 1934. Journey by Moonlight appeared in 1937, followed in 1943 by The Queen's Necklace and various volumes of novellas. He died in a forced-labour camp at Balf in January 1945.