Rococo Jungle

Ottilie Mulzet on Marginalia on Casanova:

“. . . in his endless self-interruptions, Szentkuthy uncannily almost seems like an earlier incarnation of Péter Esterházy (even in his copious use of quotations), and thus the designation of “the first Hungarian post-modernist” seems fully justified.

It is to be hoped that the other volumes in the series St. Orpheus Breviary will themselves see the light of day. The scattering of Szentkuthy’s brilliant aperçus throughout the text make reading the book a pleasure. At the same time, the publication of a work such as this helps to fill in the inevitable huge gaps in the availability of important Hungarian works of literature in English translation.”

Hungarian Literature Online, 4.11.2012