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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 numerous literary figures at the means, together with James Joyce, Jakob Wassermann, Miroslav Krleža and others.

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I turned to the blackboard and chalked up in big letters the word. Then I continued my object lesson which was interspersed with ribald cotnment from the audience. I almost slipped up over the difference between jaw and chin, and when I tried to progress below the shoulders my linguistic model slapped my hand. Again a delighted howl from the pupils. At the end of the lesson I made them repeat the words in a loud chorus. I prayed that ~1. Auguste should not turn up to inspect the methods of his English teacher, but later I learned that I had no reason for fear; he very seldom honored his workers with a personal visit.

At last he mun1bled: "Bois de Boulogne," and pointed vaguely ahead. I remembered with some concern my depleted finances, but the mood of the Samaritan was still upon n1e, and so I got in beside him. The fresh air of the Bois revived M. Briand to some extent but he behaved very strangely. He glared at the bushes and trees, he glared at me and then made an attempt to bolt from the cab. I restrained him \Vith great difficulty. Suddenly he leaned forward and gave some whispered instruction to the driver, who turned back a surprised face and nodded.

Perhaps he would be able to reconunend me to one of his capitalist friends of whom he was so ashamed. He had not been to the Dome for some time, but I decided to go to the villa in the Bois and discover his whereabouts. The same night he came into the cafe. He gave me a conspiratorial glance, beseeching and deprecatory at the same time, and I nodded to let him know that his secret was safe. For the first part of the night we had no opportunity to talk privately and I noticed with some amusement that his denunciation of the wicked rich had lost son1e of its vigor.

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