Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Hungarian book you have to read (in English): Love in a Bottle

One of my favorite classic Hungarian short story collections has recently been published in English!

Love in a Bottle by Antal Szerb

Antal Szerb (1901-1945) is one of my ever favorite Hungarian authors. His prose in sensitive, eloquent, and his stories are marvelous. He had a great sense of humor, and a great eye for beauty.
This volume contains some of his best works. The reason why I posted this review on the 24th of June is because one of the short stories (Ajándok's Bethrotal) takes place during Midsummer Night. In this tale a girl called Ajándok (Gift) falls in love with a mysterious stranger that appears in her village on Midsummer Eve. He turns out to be a traveling wizard (garabonciás), and their love takes a dark turn...
Beside one of my favorite love stories, the book also contains an Arthurian tale which gave the volume its title. Love in a Bottle tells us about the time Sir Lancelot grows tired of being in love with Guinevere, and asks a wizard to take Love out of his heart.
All the stories in the book are, simply put, gorgeous. They will make you laugh, cry, and sigh. Definitely read it if you have the chance.

Even The Guardian published a review for the book! Read it here.

(It's also available at Walmart.com?! Brownie points for Walmart.)

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