The Queen's Necklace

The Queen's Necklace - Pushkin Blues

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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 centrepiece 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.

Book information

ISBN: 9781782274476
Publisher: Steerforth Press
Imprint: Pushkin Press
Pub date:
Edition: Reprint
DEWEY: 894.511332
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 312g
Height: 130mm
Width: 196mm
Spine width: 28mm