SZERB ANTAL

Oliver VII.

Based by novel of Szerb Antal

It is a comedy of mistaken and assumed identities, as the young king of Alturia, Oliver VII, organises a coup to get himself deposed, allowing him to go into exile and experience real life. Rumours abound as to his whereabouts afterwards, but he’s actually in Venice, where he’s gotten himself involved with some gentlemen-con artists. When someone ‘mistakes’ him for the lost king he’s pressed to assume another role – to play himself, in fact, in the ultimate con.
An enjoyable and often very amusing story, and even if it feels like these plot-twists are all familiar, Szerb has a fine and fresh and very sure touch.