Reading the World Book Club
Monday, November 11, 2019,
Venue: Eugene McDermott Library (MC)
Please join the Center for Translation Studies on Tuesday, November 11 at 6 p.m. in the Conference Room of the UT Dallas McDermott Library’s Administrative Suite, MC 4.2 (4th floor), for a discussion of AntalSzerb’s, Oliver VII (2007), translated from the Hungarian by Len Rix. The book is available for loan from the UT Dallas library and for purchase from the UT Dallas Bookstore. About the Book: The restless King Oliver VII of Alturia, an obscure Central European state whose only notable exports are wine and sardines, wants nothing more than an easy life: so, plotting a coup against himself, King Oliver VII escapes to Venice in search of ‘real’ experience. There he falls in with a team of con-men and ends up, to his own surprise, impersonating himself. His journey through successive levels of illusion and reality teaches him much about the world, about his own nature and the paradoxes of the human condition. Szerb offered Oliver VIIas a translation from a non-existent English writer, A H Redcliff — typical Szerb humor, or a reflection of the fact that as a ‘rootless cosmopolitan’ his own work was banned by the Nazi regime?
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