- Published: 23/04/1999
- ISBN: 9781862072541
- 272 pages
The String Of Pearls
Translated by Michael Hofmann
While visiting Vienna, the Shah of Persia falls for a beautiful countess. The Austrian officials arrange for him to spend the night with the “countess”, but unbeknown to the Shah she is a prostitute who merely resembles the countess. From this night follows a chain of ruinous consequences.
In brief, artless, glittering scenes that burnish images of Vienna and its loveless and unloving citizens, the novel sketches the decline and decay of an empire.. with such sparkling subtlety that you scarcely notice how lightly the story carries the freight of history.
A dazzling evocation of old Vienna
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