They Were Counted

They Were Counted by Miklos Banffy

They Were Counted

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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

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9.99
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Published: 
15 Sep 2016
ISBN: 
9781910050903
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They Were Counted

Translated by 

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

Price £: 
5.99
eBook
Published: 
09 Jul 2009
ISBN: 
9781908129024
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About the author

  • Miklós Bánffy

    Miklós Bánffy was born in 1873 and spent most of his life at the castle of Bonczhida near Kolozsvÿr (now Cluj-Napoca in Romania). He was second cousin of Mihÿly Kÿrolyi, who later became prime minister. He studied painting, law and mathematics before becoming a diplomat and then a member of parliament. 

    Titles by Miklós Bánffy

    They Were Counted by Miklos Banffy
    They Were Divided by Miklos Banffy
    They Were Found Wanting by Miklos Banffy