They Were Counted
A prize-winning classic of Hungarian literature now newly updated in a new edition.
Shooting parties in great country houses, turbulent scenes in parliament and the luxury life in Budapest provide the backdrop for this gripping, prescient novel, forming a chilling indictment of upper-class frivolity and political folly, in which good manners cloak indifference and brutality. Abady becomes aware of the plight of a group of Romanian mountain peasants and champions their cause, while Gyeroffy dissipates his resources at the gaming tables, mirroring the decline of the Austro-Hungarian empire itself.
'The Transylvanian Trilogy is therefore the Sleeping Beauty of great novels, unknown for the better part of a century - it has the sweep and power of the best historical fiction, but is written by a witness and participant' Daily Blague Reader
'It draws you in to the world of the aristocracy in this fatally-flawed and ultimately doomed empire, with a paralysed government, and various ethnic minority problems' Lit. Gaz.
'His writing is beautiful and reflective, the narrative scope is captivating in all its foci, and the work as a whole preserves the vitality of an entire place and era whose splendour has faded definitively, and not so distantly' Sante Fe New Mexican
'The Most Thrilling Novel Published This Summer Is 80 Years Old and Hungarian' Village Voice