Although it's double-stuffed with counts and balls, with duels and scandal and exquisitely described hunting parties, with idealists debating affairs of state and gambling rakes caught in dumb, doomed love, Miklós Bánffy's sweeping Transylvanian Trilogy stands among the great novels of the 20th rather than 19th century. First published in Hungarian in the 1930s, then forgotten, and only translated into English in the late 1990s by Patrick Thursfield and Bánffy's daughter Katalin Bánffy-Jelen, Bánffy's pained and urgent masterwork (collected in a typically handsome Everyman's edition this summer) recalls nothing less than... More >>>