By Stefan Zweig, Anthea Bell, Eden Paul, Cedar Paul
5 of Stefan Zweig's such a lot compelling novellas are provided jointly during this robust quantity. exceptional evening is the tale of 1 reworking night within the lifetime of a wealthy and bored younger guy. He spends an afternoon on the races and a night within the seedy yet exciting corporation of the dregs of society. His reports jolt him out of his languor and provides him a newfound delight in for all times, that's then lower brief by way of the nice battle. terrific evening is joined by means of The Invisible assortment and Buchmendel, of Zweig's strongest works, which discover lives led within the unmarried minded pursuit of paintings and literature opposed to a backdrop of poverty and corruption. and eventually, Letter from an Unknown girl, Zweig's poignant and heartbreaking story of the power and insanity of unrequited love and The Fowler Snared, during which it's the guy whose ardour continues to be unrequited, entire the gathering.
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I know. ’ Dexter raised his head and stared bleakly at the grimacing samurai. ‘When it came to it, I didn’t . ’ Joan shook his shoulder, irritated by him. ‘So what? Nobody does. ’ ‘I had the balls . ’ Dexter calmed her with his quirky smile. ‘What I didn’t have was hope, or trust. I was relying on myself. For me, those children were already dead. I should have remembered who I was trying to be. ’ I waited for Dexter to reflate himself, jaw flexing as it reengaged with his scarred face. ‘The travel agency you tried to attack.
The planet is full. ’ Her voice rose to a derisive hoot. ‘Gangs of coolies who mix the cement and lay the runways. ’ They’re the real victims. ’ I held my ribs, no longer thinking of whether I could walk as far as the King’s Road. Kay Churchill was launched into a well-rehearsed rant, counting off the chipped beads in her catechism of obsessions. According to Henry Kendall, the tape found in the Heathrow air vent had contained a similar tirade. I remembered the amateur video of Laura lying among the glass and suitcases, and listened to Kay addressing her real audience, the weary magistrates who would finally consign her to a cell in Holloway.
Laing and a familiar figure on CND marches, joining Bertrand Russell at anti-nuclear sit-ins and being glamorously dragged away by the police. Late-night discussion programmes on television were as much her natural home as the consulting room. As a child I watched her on my grandmother’s TV set, deeply impressed by the caftans, waist-length black hair and fiercely articulate passion. Free love and legalized drugs meant little to me, though I guessed they were in some way connected to the friendly but unfamiliar men who appeared on her weekend visits, and to the home-made cigarettes she taught me to roll for her and which she smoked despite the protests of my wearily tolerant grandmother.