They Were Counted (The Writing on the Wall (Erdelyi Tortenet) the Transylvanian Trilogy, Book 1)

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Paints an unrivalled portrait of the vanished world of pre-1914 Hungary, as seen through the eyes of two young aristocratic Transylvanian cousins.

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Miklós Bánffy was a diplomat, member of parliament, and foreign minister in the early 1920s. He signed the peace treaty with the United States that granted Hungary's admission to the League of Nations. He is author of the acclaimed trilogy The Writing on the Wall.

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They Were Counted ($28.95 paperback original; Jun. 14, 1999; 596 pp.; 1-900850-15-X): This roomy, eventful historical novel is the opening volume of a celebrated trilogy (A Transylvanian Story, 193440) written by a remarkably gifted (Romanian-born) Hungarian aristocrat (18731950) whose busy career as an influential diplomat somehow left time for B nffy's equally impressive achievements as a painter and designer, musical administrator (who befriended Bla Bartk), and writer. They Were Counted is a Tolstoyan panorama that dramatizes Hungarian and Romanian history in the prewar years 190414 by juxtaposing the sometimes intertwined lives of two highborn cousins: one a heartless sybarite who casually throws his life away, the other a compassionate defender of his country's endangered peasant populace. It's a great work, whose forthcoming further volumes (the whole in English to be collectively entitled The Writing on the Wall) will be eagerly awaited by readers swept up in B nffy's replete, absorbing, and very moving story. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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