By Paul Tabori
Released in England as Epitaph for Europe. a tender Hungarian author, commonly travelled at the Continent, seeks to reëvoke the basic 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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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. No one drank the toast except Boulidor the hunchback dwarf, who would drink at any provocation. Then M. Briand passed out suddenly and unexpectedly. There was a rather pathetic look about his upturned face and slack mouth. With a somewhat conservative indignation I pondered that he must be at least sixty (an enormous age to twenty-one) and that such an old man ought to be in bed instead of snoring across a marble-topped cafe table.
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