The Pendragon Legend

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Pushkin, 2006 - Fiction - 313 pages
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At an end-of-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 rumors. Invited to the family seat--Pendragon Castle in North Wales--Batky receives a mysterious phone call warning him not to go; but he does and finds himself in a bizarre world of mysticism and romance, animal experimentation, and planned murder. His quest to solve the central mystery takes him down strange byways--old libraries and warehouse cellars, Welsh mountains, and underground tombs.

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User Review  - Laurochka - LibraryThing

A thrilling, somewhat tongue in cheek romp, satirising Gothic horror and romance genres. Based around an Hungarian PhD Janos Batky who becomes embroiled in the mysteries of the ancient and noble ... Read full review

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User Review  - BayardUS - LibraryThing

Given the subject matter of this book I expected to like it far more than I did, but the tone that Szerb wrote the story in tempered my enjoyment rather severely. Its most impressive quality isn't one ... Read full review


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Antal Szerb (1901?1945) was an essayist, novelist, playwright, and a formidable scholar whose books include History of Hungarian Literature, Journey by Moonlight, Oliver VII, and The Queen's Necklace. He was twice awarded the Baumgarten Prize, and in 1933 he was elected president of the Hungarian Literary Academy. Len Rix also translated Journey by Moonlight and Oliver VII.

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