By Paul Tabori
Released in England as Epitaph for Europe. a tender Hungarian author, commonly travelled at the Continent, seeks to reëvoke the fundamental spirit of that inter-war Europe, now blown to bits. He meets quite a few literary figures at the manner, together with James Joyce, Jakob Wassermann, Miroslav Krleža and others.
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She had a lovely black-haired secretary whose Christian name was Salome and this single fact seemed to make Paris adorable and enchanting once n1ore. A WREATH FOR EUROPA In the evening we slipped into the promenoir at the Folies Bergeres and I rem em be red the first time I had visited the world-famous museum of living flesh .. I was sitting between a Lutheran vicar and a very fat Roman Catholic priest who enjoyed the spectacle far too much to be embarrassed. Alas, I had worked through the night before, sending some lastminute cables from London to Budapest, and I fell asleep in the midst of the most exciting scene of female pulchritude and manly strength.
TI1e Boul' Mich' and the cafes were a few hundred yards away; the Pantheon rose with classic dignity above the crowded streets and Paris was mine. It was with considerable distnay that I discovered Paris was not one city but half a dozen. There was the shop-window Paris, displaying her charms and her wares to those who could afford to pay. There was the artists', writers' and cranks' Paris, centered round the Dome and the Rotonde, shunned by the "natives" and being a Continental version of the Country Beyond the Looking Glass.
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. When I left I did not remember the iniquities of the publisher, but I remembered his words about the "co\\'ardice" of French writers and artists. I wondered whether Joyce was right and hoped that he wasn't.
A Wreath for Europa by Paul Tabori