March 16, 2018

Download e-book for iPad: A Farewell to Prague (Irish Literature Series) by Desmond Hogan

By Desmond Hogan

ISBN-10: 1564788547

ISBN-13: 9781564788542

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 news 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 fulfillment: a catalog of the moments that justify a life—or shine a mild on its vacancy.

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Mark nodded. “Murder is the city’s best free entertainment. I hope it doesn’t bother you, Mr. ” “Quite the contrary. It’s the odor of tuberoses and the timbre of organ music that depress me. Public festivity gives death a classic importance. ” He sighed. 46 “If she were here now, she’d open the windows, pluck daisies out of her window-boxes and strew the sidewalks. ” Mark plucked a daisy and tore off the petals. “Laura loved dancing in the streets. ” He shook his head. ” The house was one of a row of converted mansions, preserved in such fashion that Victorian architecture sacrificed none of its substantial elegance to twentiethcentury chic.

One servant, a grim Finn, had accompanied her. It was Helga who opened the door for Mark and led him through a maze of dark canals into a vast uncarpeted chamber in which every piece of furniture, every picture and ornament, wore a shroud of pale, striped linen. This was Mark’s first visit to a private home on Fifth Avenue. As he waited he paced the long room, accosting and retreating from his lean, dark-clad image in a fulllength gold-framed mirror. His thoughts dwelt upon the meeting with the bereaved bridegroom.

Except to the woman he’s marrying,” a shrill voice added. 37 In the mirror’s gilt frame Mark saw the reflection of an advancing figure. She was small, robed in deepest mourning and carrying under her right arm a Pomeranian whose auburn coat matched her own bright hair. As she paused in the door with the marble statues and bronze figurines behind her, the gold frame giving margins to the portrait, she was like a picture done by one of Sargent’s imitators who had failed to carry over to the twentieth century the dignity of the nineteenth.

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