"Set just after World War I, An Ermine in Czernopol centers on the tragicomic fate of Tildy, an erstwhile officer in the army of the now-defunct Austro-Hungarian Empire, determined to defend the virtue of his cheating wife at any cost. Rezzori surrounds Tildy with a host of fantastic characters, engaging us in a kaleidoscopic experience of a city where nothing is as it appears--a city of discordant voices, of wild ugliness and heartbreaking disappointment, in which, however, 'laughter was everywhere, part of the air we breathed, a crackling tension in the atmosphere, always ready to erupt in showers of sparks or discharge itself in thunderous peals.'"--Back cover.
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Introduction Translator's note Concerning the phenomenology of the city of Czernopol The landscape of Tescovina : Herr Tarangolian the prefect Description of the city of Czernopol First encounter with the Hussar : Tamara Tildy and Widow Morar Departure of Miss Rappaport; Fräulein Iliuţ, Herr Alexianu, and Năstase Report on colonel Turturiuk's ball Change in perception of war as "beautiful" The Volksdeutschen : Professor Feuer, Herr Adamowski, and the smirking Kunzelmann Herr Tarangolian reports on the challenge to a duel Birds that dwell above cities : the story of old Paşcanu On the myth of childhood : Madame Aritonovich's Institut d'Éducation : Blanche Schlesinger and Solly Brill Aunt Paulette calls on Madame Tildy, while Papa Brill visits old Paşcanu Ephraim Perko : old Brill visits the Baronet von Merores Blanche reports on the insane poet; Herr Adamowski comes to tea Journalistic activities of Herr Alexianu and Professor Feuer; death of old Paşcanu Tanya's generosity; Herr Adamowski contemplates the times Many eyes : a sports fest in Czernopol Farewell to childhood and to Herr Tarangolian Frau Lyubanarov goes to the asylum; Tildy shoots at Năstase Love and death of the ermine.
Hermelin in Tschernopol., English, (DLC)n 2011023388
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