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By Paul Tabori

Released in England as Epitaph for Europe. a tender Hungarian author, largely travelled at the Continent, seeks to reëvoke the fundamental spirit of that inter-war Europe, now blown to bits. He meets numerous literary figures at the approach, together with James Joyce, Jakob Wassermann, Miroslav Krleža and others.

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No ex· treme modernist in art was extreme or modern enough for the Dome; no writer who had succeeded in getting published could be talented. Everybody was interested solely in his own views and his own voice; and my precarious popularity was based on the circumstance that I was usually content to listen. , and left to the accompaniment of the subdued cheers of the waiters. I thought this was Paris and it was certainly delightful. veen the Louvre, the Sorbonne (where I sneaked into the lectures of Bergson and others) and the Dome was far too interesting to allow me to bother about the future.

They did not mind if I came to their all-male gatherings at the estaminet, and they talked pretty freely in front of me, but they did not encourage any real intimacy. They were not interested in politics, except in the questions which touched their pockets and their work. They knew much less about the statesmen and policies of other countries than their co11eagues across the Channel. Some of them were members of the Communist Party, but only in a half-hearted way. I \\'as living quietly, saving money and becoming more and more bored with Roubaix, with the English lessons and with A WREATH FOR EUROPA the weather.

We were staying with an old friend of mine, a textile engineer whom I had n1et in my Roubaix days, and who slept in the narrow hall of his one-room flat, relinquishing his one and only bed to us. The flat was in the Rue Lhon1ond, that narrow tributary of the Rue St. Jacques, and I duly made a pilgri1nage to the Hotel de France, a fc\v hundred yards away. But I found a new proprietor, and there was no trace of Pan Szamisky or my Armenian friend. The heat was almost tangible during those steely, moonless nights, and two Japanese art students both very pretty girls walked a bout practically naked in the a partment across the narrow well of the courtyard.

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