Deborah Eisenberg on Skylark


14 April 2010

I have something to say: which is really just that Deborah Eisenberg has something to say.  When Deborah Eisenberg calls a novel “perfect,” it seems we’d do well to pay attention.  About the novel Skylark, by Hungarian writer Dezso Kosztolányi, she writes:

“This short, perfect novel seems to encapsulate all the world’s pain in a soap bubble. Its surface is as smooth as a fable, its setting and characters are unremarkable, its tone is blithe, and its effect is shattering.”

Read the full review, at the New York Review of Bookshere.  (Skylark is a recent NYRB Classics release.)

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