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  • Published: 7 February 2023
  • ISBN: 9780241615614
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $24.99

Baron Bagge




A chimerical masterpiece from one of Austria's most celebrated authors

Baron Bagge, a cavalry officer stationed in Eastern Europe during the First World War, receives orders to ride into a platoon of Russian machine guns. But instead of meeting certain death, he and his brigade pass, unscathed, into a strangely peaceful land where festivities are in full swing. There he meets Charlotte Szent-Kiraly, and finds himself falling in a strange, enchanted love - a love harrowed at its edges by the threat of the enemy, and the peculiar fragility of this country's otherworldly peace...


Baron Bagge - Alexander Lernet-Holenia's finest work - is a jewel that glimmers with a wintry, exquisite light. A meditation on duty and desire, it is both a perfect ghost story and a perfect love story - a tale to which the word 'haunting' can be applied in every possible permutation. This edition includes a new introduction, and an exchange between Lernet-Holenia and Stefan Zweig.

  • Published: 7 February 2023
  • ISBN: 9780241615614
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $24.99

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Praise for Baron Bagge

An utterly captivating account of the absurdity of war, the boundary between life and death, and love as a survival exercise

Lea Ypi

Accomplished and distinctive... blending military narratives, paranormal experiences and erotic obsessions

TLS

A rare sort of book; more like a romantic, snowbound fever dream... A story about love and valour, war and idiocy.

The Times