At an end-of-the London season soiree, the young Hungarian scholar-dilettante Janos Batky is introduced to the Earl of Gwynedd, a reclusive eccentric who is the subject of strange rumours.
Invited to the family seat, Pendragon Castle in North Wales, Batky receives a mysterious phone-call warning him not to go...Antal Szerb's first novel The Pendragon Legend (1934), set in Wales is a gently satirical blend of gothic and romantic genres, crossed with the murder mystery format to produce a fast-moving and often hilarious romp.
But beneath the surface, the reader becomes aware of a steely intelligence probing moral, psychological and religious questions.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages, frontispiece
- Publisher: Pushkin Press
- Publication Date: 31/08/2007
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781901285895
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Review by eumin
An absoulutely fascinating novel! "The Pendragon Legend" is a gothic murder mystery with occult elements, erudition, and wit. What makes the novel unique is not its subject matter, but rather its style of narration. The narrator is a Hungarian anti-hero caught up in a Welsh mystery with supernatural undertones. The narrator is simultaneously naive and insightful, and remains a foreigner in his own tale.