By Daniel Kehlmann, Gregor von Rezzori
An NYRB Classics Original
Set simply after global conflict I, An Ermine in Czernopol facilities at the tragicomic destiny of Tildy, an erstwhile officer within the military of the now-defunct Austro-Hungarian Empire, decided to shield the advantage of his dishonest sister-in-law at any expense. Rezzori surrounds Tildy with a bunch of wonderful characters, attractive us in a kaleidoscopic adventure of a urban the place not anything is because it appears—a urban of discordant voices, of untamed ugliness and heartbreaking sadness, during which, in spite of the fact that, “laughter was once in every single place, a part of the air we breathed, a crackling stress within the surroundings, regularly able to erupt in showers of sparks or discharge itself in thunderous peals.”
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