Journey by Moonlight by Antal Szerb PDF

By Antal Szerb

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Venice among the wars, a Hungarian couple on their honeymoon. yet “Venice is the place the difficulty began”—where Mihály unearths that he prefers wandering backalleys to the corporate of his bride, Erzsi. In Ravenna they're interrupted at an outside café by means of a guy who zooms up on a motorbike. it's a guy from Mihály’s earlier, with a mysterious grudge and an inexplicable call for: that Mihály hunt down a chum in their adolescence who were noticed in a procession of clergymen. open air of Florence, Mihály fails to board the educate that's to hold him and Erzsi to Rome. therefore starts off Mihály’s odyssey during the towns and geographical region of Italy and again during the formative years that haunts him. right here he's reunited with a charismatic sister and brother, Éva and Tamás, whose unusual novice theatricals have left intercourse and dying without end associated in Mihály’s brain; Ervin, a rival for Éva’s love and a Jew grew to become Catholic monk; and the fellow at the bike, János.

Antal Szerb’s dreamlike tale is a reckoning with freedom and accountability, the pulls of affection and destruction, and the ways in which the prior returns to be relived or rejected.

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Furthermore, if sharks were men there would be an end to all little fish being equal, as is the case now. Some would be given important offices and be placed above the oth­ ers. Those who were a little bigger would even be al­ lowed to eat up the smaller ones. That would be alto­ gether agreeable for the sharks, since they themselves would more often get bigger bites to eat. And the big­ ger little fish, occupying their posts, would ensure or­ der among the little fish, become teachers, officers, engineers in box construction, etc.

If sharks were men, they would, of course, also wage wars against one another, in order to conquer other fish boxes and other little fish. The wars would be waged by their own little fish. They would teach their little fish that there was an enormous difference between themselves and the little fish belonging to the other sharks. Little fish, they would announce, are well known to be mute, but they are silent in quite different languages and hence find it impossible to understand one another. Each little fish that, in a war, killed a couple of other little fish, enemy ones, silent in their own language, would have a little order made of seaweed pinned to it and be awarded the title of hero.

But Mr. K. was reluctant to chase cats from his chair. "To lay oneself down to rest is work," he said. " And if cats meowed outside his door he rose from his bed, even when it was cold, and let them into the warmth. "Their calculation is simple," he said. "If they cry out, the door is opened for them. If the door is no longer opened for them, they will no longer cry out. " 30 Mr. 's favorite animal When Mr. K. was asked which animal he esteemed above all others, he named the elephant and justified his choice as follows: The elephant combines cunning with strength.

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