The Accident is a romantic love story that captures the soul and engages the mind.
It opens with a street accident scene that brings together the two lonely protagonists and then races on via an unusual plot and tumultuous emotional upheavals.
While the story was written back in the `30's it has such a fresh, contemporary feel to it that I involuntarily wondered where cell phones were.
Characters move through pre war Bucharest's artistic and intellectual circles but heal, strengthen and live life to its fullest while skiing in the Carpathian Mountains.
The train ride to Belgium, via Germany, gives a glimpse of the Europe's escalating, fascist terror. In stark contrast, the train ride to the slopes of Transylvania's mountains brings a joyful, contagiously enthusiastic atmosphere.
The book was first published in 1940. Recent translations became instant best sellers in Europe.
Stephen Henighan's English translation brings this gem to us; it remains to be seen how the American public will react to it. I could not put it down.