Oliver VII - Antal Szerb

Mark Beta gave me this novel, translated from the Hungarian original, for my birthday (Mark Beta is a Magyar at heart). It revolves around King Oliver VII of Alturia who is exiled after a "coup" (there is a reason for the quotes) and attempts to experience "real life" (those quotes are self-evident). Unfortunately, this involves his participation in a confidence scheme wherein he must play the unlikely role of the exiled ruler of Alturia. Written in 1942, and filled with humor and poignant statements on the roles we are all forced/born to play, I wonder if the Fascists liked it as much as I did? Oliver_VII