A Wreath for Europa by Paul Tabori

By Paul Tabori

Released in England as Epitaph for Europe. a tender Hungarian author, extensively travelled at the Continent, seeks to reëvoke the fundamental spirit of that inter-war Europe, now blown to bits. He meets a number of literary figures at the means, together with James Joyce, Jakob Wassermann, Miroslav Krleža and others.

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The money was to serve for the erection of a Cathedral at Dakar . . I left my seat and wandered into a wet and unfriendly Paris. \Vhen I came to the Champs-Elysees, the newsboys were shouting the tragic news of King Alexander's assassination at ~farscilles. VI Pierre Laval made his private deal with Mussolini over Abyssinia, and guaranteed the independence of Austria. He signed a mutual assistance pact \Vith Russia, and a month or so later becan1e Prime Minister. An old man \Vho had known great hun1iliation and great glory, whose uame had been the A WREATH FOR EUROPA battle-cry of Zola and Anatole France, died quietly.

Malraux . . something has crept into their books they are playing safe. You can't play safe in any sort of creation. " He launched into a description of his difficulties about the publication of Dubliners. It must have happened a good many years before our meeting but he treated the whole matter as if the bitter struggle were still on. l-Iis voice rose, became almost shrill and his eyes were frostier than ever. Then he realized that he was giving away his private thoughts to a stranger and fell suddenly silent.

There were allusions to the fact that M. Briand, in my person, tried to substitute English verbs for bread and considered "culture" more nourishing than meat. It was not until I reached the street in which I lodged that I noticed the stiffening of the crowd's mood. It seemed that in the main square some gendarmes had ridden into a group of girls and boys, and one young woman was seriously hurt. A huge machinist with whom I had shared many a drink barred my way on the pavement and glared at me. " he shouted.

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