Skylark (Central European Classics Series) (Paperback)

Skylark (Central European Classics Series) By Dezso Kosztolanyi, Richard Aczel (Translator), Peter Esterhazy (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Dezso Kosztolanyi, Richard Aczel (Translator), Peter Esterhazy (Introduction by)
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“New York Review Books' newest release is from the Hungarian author, Dezso Kostolanyi. Written in 1910, it explores family relationships with sparkling humor that is surprisingly relevant to modern times. Skylark is a middle-aged spinster residing with her doting parents in a small village, a microcosm of the universe. She leaves her parents for a week's vacation in the country, and, after an anguished parting, the parents engage with old compatriots and discover a zest long absent from their lives. With their newfound vigor Skylark's parents await the impending reunion with their daughter in this delightful romp of a novel. A keen wit and flair for the absurdities of human nature capture the complexities of family and village life in Europe at the turn of the century. Linda Gurrister”
— Betsy Burton, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT


Kosztolanyi's Skylark is a portrait of provincial life in the Austro-Hungarian monarchy at the turn of the century. Set in the autumn of 1899, it focuses on one extraordinary week in the otherwise uneventful lives of an elderly Hungarian couple and their ugly spinster daughter, Skylark.
Product Details
ISBN: 9789639116665
ISBN-10: 9639116661
Publisher: Central European University Press
Publication Date: September 1st, 2003
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: Central European Classics Series