By Antal Szerb
A witty transforming of 1 of the main fascinating questions of existentialism, it is a playful paintings of comedian philosophy
The bored younger ruler of an idyllic critical ecu nation plots a coup opposed to himself and escapes to Venice looking for 'real' event. There he falls in with a crew of formidable con-men and finally ends up, to his personal shock, impersonating himself.
In this splendidly droll story the king's trip via successive degrees of phantasm and truth teaches him a lot concerning the international, his foreordained position in it, and himself. once more Szerb's mild irony is dropped at undergo on a few uncomfortable paradoxes of self and the human .
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The notebook was in the trash at last. She would begin another one, a new life in which changes and corrections would be nothing but a manifestation of her own desires and her freedom. Yes. That’s right. One has to begin, she thought that night as she drifted into sleep – that other night, the one after the funeral. Begin? Will this be the new beginning? she asks herself now, thinking of Manuel and of the ﬁnal repairs on the new house; she asks herself again, thinking also of her father, and then she rolls over again in bed, can’t sleep, has to turn over the warm pillow, seek out the coolest corner of the sheet with her foot.
They knew that with the old man’s widowhood, all their lives would ﬁnally change; no one knew, however, exactly how. Cecilia suspected that the legitimacy of the correction derived more from the power of the corrector than from the importance of the rectiﬁcation. And she even knew – she learned this over the course of the years and with her father’s increasing prosperity – that the element conferring this power was money. Without it, that ﬂood of corrective zeal would have been impossible. For that reason, when the money turned out to be useless and no amount could prevent Doña Leonor’s death, Cecilia suspected that she was standing on the threshold of a change that would aﬀect her life positively, putting an end to the game of error and reparation, of lapse and repentance, once and for all.
Nonetheless, the next morning he procrastinated in preparing an excuse, and that afternoon he decided it would no longer be responsible of him to avoid the commitment. , when Macul was like a wolf ’s maw, ready to snap. Walking along Irarrázaval, toward the Pedagógico, he heard the distant sound of pots and pans, growing closer. It was always like that. The noise, which ultimately spread throughout the city, perhaps throughout the entire country, began with a distant metallic hum, a monotonous rhythm that grew as new hands joined the ﬁrst protesters’ call.