By Desmond Hogan
Following a crippling melancholy and institutionalization, the author Desmond wanders from his local Dublin round an more and more unrecognizable Europe, and so far as the southern usa, assembling a patchwork of small tales, conversations, amorous affairs, stories, regrets, and confrontations: “the labyrinth of reports of individuals whose lives you contact . . . in order that your brain turns into like a polychromatic Irish pub.” even if a chain of tragic postcards, a cubist novel, or a memoir shorn of its connective tissue, A Farewell to Prague stands as Desmond Hogan’s maximum success: a catalog of the moments that justify a life—or shine a gentle on its vacancy.
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When Frau Ehrlich died, and even be fore then, when my parents moved to another dis trict, I gave up visiting, because of the distance and because we weren't on the same neighborly terms. ' 'And what about her? ' asked Rachel. 'I mean, the Consul's daughter? ' Rachel smiled rather mysteriously; her eyes re sumed their usual look of indifference. Rechnitz blushed. He thought of the many favors the Con sul had done him; yet he had shown little gratitude by this offhand way of referring to him.
Herr Doktor, I am very happy that your reputation leads you to be mentioned in out-of-the-way places. Take up your glass, let's drink to your good health and the success of your research! ' Jacob lowered his head and fumbled for the glass, which Susan took up and placed in his hand. Again she sat back in her place. Apart from passing him some dish from time to time, she paid no attention to him. Jacob thought to himself, Evi dently she is sorry that she greeted me so warmly at first. The waiter came up and set before each of them a small cup of black coffee.
He nodded. ' Leah gazed at the sea. 'How lovely it is. ' 'I suppose so,' Leah answered, still looking out to sea. 'Don't you believe me? ' Leah laughed. ' They walked back and reached the hotel. Susan was taking a walk on the grounds. Rachel halted suddenly and stared straight in front of her. Fi nally she pressed a hand to her brow and ex claimed, 'How lovely that girl is! Who is she? ' 'Oh indeed,' answered Rachel in a different tone. 'It's clear that she's haughty! ' 'How do you know that?
A Farewell to Prague (Irish Literature Series) by Desmond Hogan