Journey by Moonlight (novel)
- Journey by Moonlight (novel)
infobox Book |
name = Journey by Moonlight
title_orig = Utas és holdvilág
translator = Len Rix
author = Antal Szerb
country = Hungary
language = Hungarian
genre = Novel
publisher = Pushkin Press
release_date = 1937 (this Eng. trans. 2001)
media_type = Print (Hardback & Paperback)
pages = 368 pp (this Eng. trans. first edition, hardback)
isbn = ISBN 1-901285-37-5 (this Eng. trans. first edition, hardback)
"Journey by Moonlight" (in Hungarian, "Utas és holdvilág" which literally means "Traveler and Moonlight") is among the best-known novels in Hungarian literature. Written by Antal Szerb, it was first published in 1937. According to Nicholas Lezard it is "one of the greatest works of modern European literature...I can't remember the last time I did this: finished a novel and then turned straight back to page one to start it over again. That is, until I read "Journey by Moonlight". A number of scholars regard it to be unfortunate that it was written in Hungarian rather than English, for it would doubtless be far more prominent and influential if it had been intended for an Anglophonic audience.
The novel features the romantic figure of Mihály, aloof and poetic but struggling to break with an adolescent rebelliousness which he tries to quell under respectable bourgeois conformism but also with the disturbing attraction of an erotic death-wish. While there is no doubt an element of (the then especially influential and risqué) Freudianism in this, as well as perhaps the sexual and emotional claustrophobia of a society with strong Catholic and martial traditions, it is also has a distinct originality.Fact|date=June 2007
The novel follows Mihály, a Budapest native from a bourgeois family on his honeymoon in Italy, as he encounters and attempts to make sense of his past.
Characters in "Journey by Moonlight"
*Mihály – a native resident of Budapest
*Erzsi – Mihály's wife
Len Rix's translation, titled "Journey by Moonlight" (ISBN 1-901285-50-5) is currently in print.
*1937, Hungary, Révai ISBN ?, Pub date ? ? 1937, paperback (Hungarian first edition)
*2001, USA, Pushkin Press ISBN 1-901285-37-5, Pub date 1 May 2001, paperback (as "Journey by Moonlight" - this trans. first edition)
*2006, USA, Pushkin Press ISBN 1-901285-50-5, Pub date 27 February 2006, paperback (as "Journey by Moonlight")Beside English, the novel has been translated into German, French, Italian, Spanish and Dutch.
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