1948 1st edition "Second printing, December 1948" stated on copyright page; "Translated from the Hungarian by John Parker"; Prentice-Hall publishers, New York; thicker hardbound in grey and blue boards with red decor and silver stamp lettering on spine; very good condition with unmarked pages; dust jacket is rough but protected the book very well - see pics.
A family pulled apart as tradition meets the changing values and politics of the 20th century. Count Dukay's castles and thousands of acres aren't enough to stem the tides of Nazism, fascism and communism while his sons and daughters are forced to find their way in the strange new world. Historically accurate, filled with universal truths, written with a European flair, The Dukays documents that critical moment in history when power changes hands.
KIRKUS REVIEW -
An enormously readable romantic epic, first published in 1949, traces the precipitous decline of an aristocratic Hungarian family in the years following WWI. Haughty Count Istvan Dukay and his dull-witted spouse Countess Menti ignore the signs that their world is changing, while their four children pursue varying destinies: romantic Christina as a passionate intellectual hopelessly in love with a dethroned and moribund monarch; rootless Georgy in a pragmatic marriage to an American heiress to a meat-packing fortune; troubled Janos in homosexual submission to a malevolent mentor and in the energies of Nazism; and spirited Zia in a conflicted union with a scholarly astronomer who bears a strong resemblance to Tolstoy’s ardent humanitarian Pierre Bezukhov. Echoes of Proust and King Lear are also heard, but Zilahy’s scattergun plotting and discursive criticisms of the myopic Hungarian nobility dilute the novel’s force. The Dukays isn’t War and Peace, therefore. But it is an absorbing and highly entertaining chronicle that somebody really ought to consider turning into a miniseries.