Get personalized recommendations and earn points toward a free book!
Check Out
The Bestselling Books of All Time
See the List
Journey by Moonlight by Antal Szerb

Journey by Moonlight

Best Seller
Journey by Moonlight by Antal Szerb
Paperback
Oct 07, 2014 | ISBN 9781590177730
See All Formats (1) +
  • Paperback $16.95

    Oct 07, 2014 | ISBN 9781590177730

  • Ebook $10.99

    Oct 07, 2014 | ISBN 9781590177891

*This title is not eligible for purchase to earn points nor for redemption with your code in the Reader Rewards program

Product Details

Praise

Journey by Moonlight is a beautiful book, the sort of book that stays imprinted on some soft part of you for a long time. Its intelligence is so humane—so forgiving to the last…And from the wreckage of the Holocaust, from such horrible annihilation, from such a violent silencing of so many voices, this extraordinary novel emerges as another improbable survival.” —Becca Rothfeld, The New Republic

“A devastatingly intelligent novel of love, society and metaphysics in a mid-1930s Europe….As a study of erotic caprice, Journey by Moonlight is brilliant, but it is so much more than just a romp.” —Toby Lichtig, The Times Literary Supplement

“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

“Just divine…I can’t remember the last time I did this: finished a novel, and then turned straight back to page 1 to start it over again. That is, until I read Journey by Moonlight…It’s a comedy, but a serious and slyly clever one, the kind of book that makes you imagine the author has had private access to your own soul…Len Rix [has] managed to translate Szerb’s book into beautifully fluent English, and what we have is a work of comedy and depth, the comedy all the more striking in that the chief subjects of the book are abnegation and suicide…No one who has read it has failed to love it.” —Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian
 
“A novel to love as well as admire, always playful and ironical, full of brilliant descriptions, bon mots and absurd situations…it’s a book utterly in love with life.” —Kevin Crossley-Holland, The Guardian, Books of the Year
 
“This radiantly funny and intelligent novel…shows its author to be one of the masters of twentieth-century fiction. Len Rix’s loving translation of a book that might have remained lost to us deserves special praise.” —Paul Bailey, The Times Literary Supplement, International Books of the Year
 
“Szerb’s first novel exulted in the absurdity of life while his last despaired over it. His most well-known work, Journey by Moonlight, written in 1937, maintained a powerful tension between both…May Szerb’s re-entrance into our literary pantheon be definitive.” —Alberto Manguel
 
“Mihály’s relationship with Tamás is so myopic and worshipful as to bring back memories of Death in Venice, but I respect Szerb’s book more…the book is one of the few written before the deluge that acknowledges a bourgeois unreality with an unblinkered eye.” —David Auerbach
 
“One of the friends I mentioned put a small book in my hand and said: ‘Len, you must read this. Every educated Hungarian knows and loves this book.’ It was Antal Szerb’s Utas és holdvilág. Within a few pages I knew it was a great European novel, and I determined not just to translate it but to try and give it a translation of the literary quality it deserves.” —Len Rix
 
“A veritable avalanche of brilliant perceptions…It’s all so earnest, so up-to-date, so symbolic, so sophisticated, so marvelously pleased with itself and yet so naïve and unhappy you don’t know whether to consume the book at a sitting or throw it away…Journey by Moonlight is a burning book, a major book.” —George Szirtes
 
“A stealthy masterpiece…both comic and beautiful.” —The Telegraph
 
“Wonderfully wry…We owe thanks to Len Rix, Szerb’s accomplished translator, for his part in raising from the dead a writer of such cool irony and historical sympathy.” —New Statesman

“[A] great masterpiece of high modernism…a bildungsroman of the twentieth century itself. In translator Len Rix’s gifted hands, it becomes a powerful and poignant testament to Antal Szerb’s learning and speaks to his many accomplishments…At its heart, Szerb’s narrative is a remarkable, painstaking study of a man’s fascination with his own mortality.” —Carla Baricz, Words Without Borders 

Back to Top