Count Luna



Years later the war is over, but after a series of mysterious events, Jessiersky, deeply paranoid, becomes convinced that Count Luna has survived and seeks vengeance; driven to kill the source of his dread, he decides to hunt down Luna--and his years-long chase after the spectral count finally takes him deep into the catacombs of Rome...
The nightmare logic of Count Luna comes from deep within Jessiersky's festering fears and serves up his brooding, insanity-spiced, delicious disquisitions--on what the Etruscans knew, on cemeteries as originally "sleeping places"--before coming at last to death itself: "Well, well, well, thought Jessiersky, swallowing hard. So you do die after all. You refuse to believe that someday you will die but then you die. And you don't even notice it. And yet the fact that you don't is the best thing about dying..."

Product Details

$16.95  $15.59
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
August 25, 2020
5.2 X 7.9 X 0.5 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author

The greatest novelist of the netherworlds, of darkness stretching on beyond just 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.


Daunting panache, fast-moving, cleverly convoluted, terrific.--Eileen Battersby
Brilliant, extra stylish, excellently written and fearsomely gripping.
Austrian writer Lernet-Holenia (Mona Lisa, 1897-1976) addresses guilt over WWII in this masterly novel, originally published in 1955....Lernet-Holenia's dark humor propels the narrative, and Jessiersky's obsession is expertly handled, leading to a wholly unexpected conclusion. Driven by intense psychological descriptions, this tale of inaction against injustice has aged quite well.