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 a number of literary figures at the method, together with James Joyce, Jakob Wassermann, Miroslav Krleža and others.
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He signed a mutual assistance pact \Vith Russia, and a month or so later becan1e Prime Minister. An old man \Vho had known great hun1iliation and great glory, whose uame had been the A WREATH FOR EUROPA battle-cry of Zola and Anatole France, died quietly. Alfred Dreyfus had passed away before a Nazi writer published his book, proving with great erudition and unquestionable zeal that the prisoner of Devil's Island had, in fact, been guilty and that his rehabilitation had been due to international Jewish machinations.
He opened the gate with a heavy key, and \Vithout speaking a word to me or to the flabbergasted cabby, shambled towards the house hidden by a thick clump of trees. 20 A WREATH FOR EUROPA The driver was staring at the hundred-franc note in his hand, I was staring at the retreating back of :rvt. Briand. Then there was a wavering in the unsteady figure. I saw him stumble and fall, n1casuring his length on the gravel. TI1e cabman shook his head and gave a flick to his horse. Apparently he regarded the whole matter as most suspicious and did not want to lose a day's earnings by having to kick his heels at the prefecture as a witness in son1e mysterious n1urder or robbery.
I repeated that I did not. "Listen," ~,1. Briand told me very seriously, "I an1 writing tomorrow to Auguste that I have found the very man for the job. l-Ie doesn't know any English hi1nself and you can soon pick up the little you need to teach those . '' He broke off in some embarrassment. "To teach those . . con1rades," he finished the sentence with a visible effort. " I tried to protest that I would be found out within twentyfour hours but he pooh-poohed my fears. No one was likely to know English in Roubaix and, in any case, I ought to accept because his swollen-headed brother deserved any practical joke.