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By Aleksander Wat

In those 9 tales the Polish author Aleksander Wat continually turns heritage on its ear in comedian reversals reverberating with futurist rhythms and the lightly mocking humor of depression. Wat inverts the conventions of faith, politics, and tradition to excellent impact, illuminating the anarchic stipulations of life in interwar Europe.

The name tale reveals a wonderfully ironic Lucifer wandering the Europe of the overdue Twenties looking for a project: what impression can a satan have in a godless time? what's his sorcery in a society way more diablical than the satan himself? Too idealistic for an international filled with smooth cruelties, the unemployable Lucifer ultimately reveals the one technique of assured immortality. In "The without end Wandering Jew," regular Jewish conversion to Christianity ends up in Nathan the Talmudist reigning as Pope city IX. The hilarious satire on energy, "Kings in Exile," unfolds with the dethroned monarchs of Europe assembly to came across their very own republic in an uninhabited island within the Indian Ocean.

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Raphael's suspicions, timid because the chirping of the bugs, robed themselves in simple task. If there has been an individual answerable for the disappearance of Pigeon road, then it may purely be God or the professor. His phrases, his tirades filled with hatred towards the streets, towards the realm, filled with mis­ anthropy, have been the 1st unique clues to the lacking road. The magic of its disappearance proven Raphael's notion that there's no factor so amazing or so very unlikely that it can't come real. Who used to be the professor fairly? Wasn't it attainable that less than the guise of a buffoon, a talkative vagrant, lurked a effective and malicious demon, a wizard of modernity, a super inventor? expertise! This be aware took where of magic, miracle, a mir­ acle now not spotted since it was once universal. This most excellent unharness­ ing of miracles and surprises! whereas the area spins alongside its cruelly standard circle, whereas the earth activates its axis, whereas day follows evening and evening day. whereas humans define a regular chart in their lives, interrupted by way of the small perturbations of dramas and deaths, who is aware if in a few small city, in a small room a few unusual buffoon used to be now not devising an invention that might cease the rotations of the earth, that may blow the earth right into a myriad of small planetoids, that may magically erase the areas, that will tear a shoulder of this or that highway from the dwelling organism of a urban with no even leaving a scar? The professor, ordinarily thought of to be a deadly guy, might have been the inventor of a few marvelous method of magically anni­ hilating house! This used to be absolutely he! Raphael felt an irrepressible eager for his spouse and baby, forged by way of the professor’s magic into what abysses of being or unbeing? He determined to trace down the professor, to rip his mystery from him and to discover the antidote which might resurrect his road, his construction, and his household. This was once all that he might do, probably the thread used to be fake, however it was once the single one he had. forty nine L u c ifer U n e m p l o y e d Raphael had frequently examine suicide squads, excellently prepared, having at their disposal the large wealth of a few maharaja or different, the pens of amazing writers, and a farreaching, powerful propaganda. He had examine mystery soci­ eties bent on destroying eu civilization, approximately mass arson in Berlin, the epidemic of cannibalism and sectarianism, concerning the violent reduce in births, in regards to the millions of manifes­ tations of harmful acts, suicidal instincts, or even the activ­ ity of a few strong mystery association for the annihilation of the area. probably the following during this small city, peripheral to Europe, beat the center of a felony plot. if so, his quiet, mystery struggle with the professor was once the conflict of Ahura Mazda with Ahriman, God’s struggle with Lucifer. The stake— the life of the realm. the sector of conflict: the pass of Pigeon highway! The symbols and metaphors donned residing flesh. a couple of days handed. Raphael left the professor purely at evening on the front to his condominium development.

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