They Were Found Wanting

By Miklos Banffy

Foreword by Patrick Leigh Fermor

Translator: Patrick Thursfield , Kathy Banffy- Jelen

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Balint Abady is forced to part from the beautiful and unhappily married Adrienne Uzdy. This title contrasts a life of privilege and corruption with the lives and problems of an expatriate Romanian peasant minority whom Balint tries to help. It is an unrivalled evocation of a rich aristocratic world oblivious of its impending demise.

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Balint Abady is forced to part from the beautiful and unhappily married Adrienne Uzdy. Laszlo Gyeroffy is rapidly heading for self-destruction through drink and his own fecklessness. The politicians, quarrelling among themselves and stubbornly ignoring their countrymen's real needs, are still pursuing their vendetta with the Habsburg rule from Vienna. Meanwhile they fail to notice how the Great Powers - through such events as Austria's annexation of Bosnia-Herzagovina in 1908 - are moving ever closer to the conflagration of 1914-1918 that will destroy their world for ever. Banffy's portrait contrasts a life of privilege and corruption with the lives and problems of an expatriate Romanian peasant minority whom Balint tries to help. It is an unrivalled evocation of a rich and fascinating aristocratic world oblivious of its impending demise.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Arcadia Books
Publication Date 8 Sep 2016
SKU 9781910050910-grouped
Number of Pages 450

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'One of the most celebrated and ambitious classics of Hungarian literature'

'A genuine case of a rediscovered classic. The force of Banffy's enthusiasm produces an effect rather like that of the best Trollope novels - but coming from a past world that now seems excitingly exotic'

'My great find of the year is a reprint of the magnificent trilogy, set in pre-war Transylvania by Miklos Banffy ... which stands comparison with the great Russian and French masters. Banffy vies with Tolstoy for sweep, Pasternak for romance and Turgenev for evocation of nature; his fiction is packed with irresistible social detail and crammed with superb characters: it is gloriously, addictively, compulsively readable'

'A very romantic book set in Transylvania during the days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire before the First World war. It's full of balls and hunting parties, snow and politics. It's totally absorbing and I'm looking forward to reading the next two books in the trilogy'

'A masterpiece. This very readable translation makes a wonderful book accessible to many more people'

'This epic Hungarian novel, absorbing both for its exploration of human nature and its study of the decline of the Austro-Hungarian Empire ... weaves social and political themes into Banffy's powerful tale'

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