2010 Release: The Queen's Necklace by Antal Szerb

The Queen's Necklace
by Antal Szerb

Release Date:  April 1, 2010

SYNOPSIS:  In August 1785, Paris buzzed with a scandal that had everything - an eminent churchman, a female fraudster, a part-time prostitute and the hated Queen herself. Its centerpiece was the most expensive diamond necklace ever assembled, and the tangle of fraud, folly, blindness and self-delusion it provoked. The humiliation the affair brought on the royal family contributed to their appalling deaths in the Revolution just four years later. In this unusual, witty and often surprising version of the story, the great Hungarian novelist Antal Szerb takes the narrative as a standpoint from which to survey the entire age - including aspects of it seldom considered by more orthodox historians. The author's vast knowledge is worn very lightly and the book teems with amusing anecdotes, but it is at heart a deeply personal work, a remarkable gesture of defiance against the brutal world in which it was written.



  1. ...hmmm...hope this book is not another of those MA defiling ones..
    Thanks for the heads-up Amy!

  2. I've read Frances Mossiker's non-fiction book The Queen's Necklace, I'm anxious to see a fictional take on the story.

  3. The blurb makes it sound like nonfiction, not like a novel. Which is it?


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