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Maurus Jokai (1815-1904), the best known Hungarian novelist, did not lose faith after the disastrous outcome of the Hungarian War of Independence of 1848-9. In many novels, he revived the former glory of his native land. He is still the most widely read author in Hungary and twenty-two of his hundred novels have appeared in English. In his immense output, many weaknesses are apparent. His novels lack depth, many aim solely at entertaining. But his optimism, his humour, his imagination captivate the reader; he has an unsurpassed talent as a raconteur. No other author has so masterfully described the beauties of the Hungarian landscape and the typical characters of Hungary. His novels are essentially modern fairy tales told in colourful, expressive language.