Alexander Lernet-Holenia

Alexander Lernet-Holenia

The greatest novelist of the netherworlds, of darkness stretching on beyond death, Alexander Lernet-Holenia (1895–1977) was born into the aristocracy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. His many poems, plays, and novels are among the greatest works of modern German literature, and Count Luna is his masterpiece.

Count Luna

At the start of WWII, Alexander Jessiersky, an Austrian aristocrat, heads a great Viennese shipping company. He detests the Nazis, and when his board of directors asks him to go along with confiscating a neighbor’s large parcel of land for their thriving wartime business, Jessiersky refuses. Yet, without his knowledge, the board succeeds in sending the owner of the land, a certain Count Luna, to a Nazi concentration camp on a trumped-up charge.…
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Dauntless panache, fast-moving, cleverly convoluted, terrific.
—Eileen Battersby, Irish Times
In Count Luna, an industrialist inadvertently responsible for sending a man to a concentration camp feels certain that the fellow survived the war and is mounting a shadowy campaign of revenge. Like Kafka, whom he otherwise does not resemble, Lernet-Holenia weaves his most intimate hopes and dreams into the texture of what happens next with exquisitely imagined detail.
The Chicago Tribune
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