By Antal Szerb

ISBN-10: 1590177738

ISBN-13: 9781590177730

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Venice among the wars, a Hungarian couple on their honeymoon. yet “Venice is the place the difficulty began”—where Mihály reveals that he prefers wandering backalleys to the corporate of his bride, Erzsi. In Ravenna they're interrupted at an outside café through a guy who zooms up on a bike. it's a guy from Mihály’s earlier, with a mysterious grudge and an inexplicable call for: that Mihály search out a pal in their adolescence who were noticed in a procession of priests. outdoor of Florence, Mihály fails to board the teach that's to hold him and Erzsi to Rome. therefore starts off Mihály’s odyssey during the towns and geographical region of Italy and again during the formative years that haunts him. the following he's reunited with a charismatic sister and brother, Éva and Tamás, whose unusual novice theatricals have left intercourse and loss of life eternally associated in Mihály’s brain; Ervin, a rival for Éva’s love and a Jew grew to become Catholic monk; and the fellow at the bike, János.

Antal Szerb’s dreamlike tale is a reckoning with freedom and accountability, the pulls of affection and destruction, and the ways in which the previous returns to be relived or rejected.

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He’s got three four dames,” said Jones. ” Eddie asked. “That’s when you can’t get no dame,” said Mack. “I thought it was a kind of a party,” said Jones. A silence fell on the room. Mack shifted in his chaise longue. Hughie let the front legs of his chair down on the floor. They looked into space and then they all looked at Mack. ” said Jones. ” Hughie demanded. ” “Oh, I know,” said Mack. “He’s been to college. Once I seen a dame in a fur coat go in there. Never did see her come out. It was two o’clock the last I looked—and that church music goin’.

He wasn’t, but if one wanted to spend money, he was available. Lee’s position in the community surprised him as much as he could be surprised. Over the course of the years everyone in Cannery Row owed him money. He never pressed his clients, but when the bill became too large, Lee cut off credit. Rather than walk into the town up the hill, the client usually paid or tried to. Lee was round-faced and courteous. He spoke a stately English without ever using the letter R. When the tong wars were going on in California, it happened now and then that Lee found a price on his head.

A great phonograph stands against the wall with hundreds of records lined up beside it. Under the window is a redwood bed and on the walls and to the bookcases are pinned reproductions of Daumiers, and Graham, Titian, and Leonardo and Picasso, Dalí and George Grosz, pinned here and there at eye level so that you can look at them if you want to. There are chairs and benches in this little room and of course the bed. As many as forty people have been here at one time. Behind this library or music room, or whatever you want to call it, is the kitchen, a narrow chamber with a gas stove, a water heater, and a sink.

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