The Pendragon Legend

Last post was mean. Time to be nice.

Out and browsing a few days ago, I was very excited to see that the Pushkin Press have published The Pendragon Legend by Antal Szerb.

Biography isn’t really my bag, so I don’t know a great deal about Szerb – here’s the usual – but his Journey by Moonlight is one of the best books I’ve read in the last couple of years.

I tried writing a bit about it, but got lost in jabbering about Zweig and Walser, and how it’s like them but not like them. I might come back to that. For now, here’s Nicholas Lezard, and here’s Waggish, both of whom are better adverts for the book and its virtues than me. Waggish, especially, gets the oddness of tone in the book: light, if not quite funny-comic, creating genuinely odd shades and pitches. It feels like a book that’s saying something for the first time. I’m looking forward to seeing what else he can do.