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By Glenway Wescott

ISBN-10: 1590174828

ISBN-13: 9781590174821

A bestseller in 1945, this e-book has been out of print for over thirty years

Like Wescott’s impressive novella The Pilgrim Hawk (which Susan Sontag defined in The New Yorker as belonging “among the treasures of 20th-century American literature”), Apartment in Athens matters an strange triangular dating. during this tale a few Greek couple in Nazi-occupied Athens who needs to proportion their dwelling quarters with a German officer, Wescott levels an excessive and unsettling drama of lodging and rejection, resistance and compulsion—an account of political oppression and non secular fight that also is a parable approximately the prices of closeted id.

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I bought a great hotel. A beautiful store. I think I’m in over my head this time. A million one it cost me. Two weeks going day and night to do an inventory. ” “I don’t. I really don’t. ” “Come on, Nate, you know what to do with the little soaps, the paper shoeshine cloths, the switchboard, the telephones, the dance floor and bandstand. A million one. You’re here two months you’ll clear five hundred thousand. Four Otis elevators you got like Apollo space capsules. When you’ve picked the bones dry, you pay your taxes and sit on the thing till the city condemns.

Ice of 1950. And there was a Gilbert and Sullivan festival on and the ballet. —to dress a small city. That was the kind of action his godfather had. Gee! “Uugh, agh! Uuch. ” “The bedpan! Get help. Hurry, boy. Where are you going? That’s the guest bedroom. No, that’s the linen closet. Not in there, for God’s sake, that’s the bar! ” He grabbed a resident—the man wore a stethoscope over his turtleneck—and rushed with him and a nurse back to his godfather’s suite. He remained outside. The nurse and resident came out in a few minutes.

Think of the last of their lines. How many do you suppose have been the last of their lines? Queers, say, or the imperfectly pelvic’d or ball-torn or so wondrously ugly they could never make out and didn’t have the courage or the will to rape? Whatever the reason the last of their lines, end of the road, everybody out. How many? Forty million? Fifty? —But at least fifty million. So great a number, yet you managed to be born, you made it anyway, you wormed your way. And if you happen to be white, that’s a miracle squared.

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