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

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11y dear young friend, can I count on your generosity? On your discretion? I apologize for thinking that I could bribe you. You have a noble soul, I can see! " I pron1ised. He pressed me to stay, to lunch with him, to accept money, but I refused all three. \·1. Briand the unmasked capitalist was just as garrulous as 11. Briand the pseudo-Communist. •• IV About a fortnight later Szamisky, the Polish painter who lived on the floor above me, came into my room and asked me whether I had any empty sardine tins.

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.

Not that any of us were concerned with anybody else's private n1orals, means or social standing; such an interest would have violated the unwritten code of the Dome. But on the night of July 14th, while people were dancing in the streets and the French Republic celebrated a revolution it had long since repudiated, M. Briand got very drunk indeed. " But ~1. Briand's dark eyes gleamed with an inner fire, and while he ordered one more fine, he proposed a toast to Stalin, one to Voroshilov and one to Litvinov.

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