By Jessica Anthony
The Convalescent is the tale of a small, bearded guy promoting meat out of a bus parked subsequent to a circulation in suburban Virginia . . . and in addition, in some way, the tale of 10000 years of Hungarian historical past. Jessica Anthony, the inaugural winner of the Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award, makes an unforgettable debut with an unforgettable hero: Rovar Ákos Pfliegman—unlikely bandit, unloved lover, and historian of the unimportant.
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Instead of peace the nations had got more armaments and more debts. Instead of prosperity had come a financial collapse in Wall Street, and all were trembling lest it spread to the rest of the world. XI All this wasn’t the most cheerful line of conversation for a sightseeing jaunt; so Lanny talked about some of the journalists and writers whom he had met at this conference, and forbore to refer to the tragic episode which had cut short his stay in Genoa. But later, when Irma and Rahel had gone back to the yacht, he went for a stroll with Hansi and Bess, and they talked about the Italian Syndicalist leader who had set them to thinking on the subject of social justice.
And how was the man who raised angleworms making out? ” He hoped that, if Ezra Hackabury was dead, some member of his family might be moved to reply. But local officers would hardly know about that old-time misadventure, or crossquestion fashionable people coming ashore from a private yacht; they could hardly check every tourist by the records of the Fascist militi in Rome. Mr. Hackabury had had the same idea. Lanny’s father had been here, trying to get a share; it had been his first fiasco, and the beginning of a chain of them for all parties concerned.
VII The company went ashore in the crowded city, which had once been the capital of the Moslem world, and now was known as Istanbul. ” Through the crowded street came a fire-engine with a great clangor; a modern one, painted a brilliant red—but Lanny saw in imagination the young Zaharoff riding the machine, busy with schemes to collect for his services. Were they still called tulumbadschi? And did they still charge to put out your fire—or to let it burn, as you preferred? ” The Soviet Union was in the middle of the Five-Year Plan, and miracles were confidently expected.