The Remarkable Mrs ANDERSON
by Miklós Bánffy
When a priceless Leonardo is stolen from the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts, the Hungarian government tries to hush things up and the police show themselves to be completely clueless. Thank goodness for Milla Anderson! A gifted reporter for one of Budapest’s daily newspapers, she picks up the trail in Palermo—and of course an international gang is soon hot on her heels.
When a Hungarian detective is apparently liquidated and the oily Schönberg-Belmonte begins insinuating his way into Mrs Anderson’s hotel, things start to look very dangerous indeed. This fast-paced crime story and lighthearted romantic comedy, set against a backdrop of Mediterranean scenery and fascist menace in Italy and Hungary between the wars, is Miklós Bánffy at his best. Now published in English for the first time.
About the author
Count Miklós Bánffy was born in 1873 into one of Transylvania’s longest-established noble families. He studied law and embarked on a political career (serving as Hungary’s Foreign Minister in 1921–2), but his inclinations were always artistic and he made a name for himself as a literary editor, as manager of the Hungarian Opera, and as a talented designer of theatre sets and costumes. It is as a writer that he is best known: his Transylvanian Trilogy is one of the great works of twentieth-century European literature. When Europe’s borders were redrawn after the First World War, Transylvania was assigned to Romania and though Bánffy took Romanian citizenship, he lost his land after the new national reforms. Following the Second World War, the Communist regime blocked his ability to publish his writings. In 1949 he left Romania for Budapest, where he died in 1950.
The translator, Thomas Sneddon, was born in County Down, Northern Ireland, and completed an MA in translation at Queen’s University, Belfast. He lives and works in Budapest.