Death of a Man: A Novel

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New Directions Publishing, 1989 - Fiction - 324 pages
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From Publishers Weekly Boyle's memorable novel, first published in 1936 and long out of print, and set in the Austrian town of Feldbruck from February to July of 1934, is at once a love story and a chilling political drama. Romance blooms between Prochaska, the resident doctor at the town hospital's ward for infectious diseases, and Pendennis, a young, married American tourist. The attraction between the two is immediate and potent, but as their involvement deepens, Pendennis becomes aware of Prochaska's work for the Nazi party, which many Feldbruck citizens cling to in the hope that it will rescue Austria from economic depression. The lovers' clash is as emphatic as their affinity; as spring wears on, Pendennis's antipathy grows, until she declares to Prochaska that "you take your orders, you swallow it all down along with your pride and your sense or whathaveyou! One day they're going to put a pretty little uniform on you . . . and say, 'Now you run along to war, dear,' and won't that be a lot of fun?" The collapse of the affair seems as inevitable as the tragic, impending war. The novel is reprinted here with an introduction in which Burton Hatlen of the University of Maine elucidates why Boyle's sympathetic view of Prochaska does not signify support of fascism, and with a brief, illuminating afterword by Boyle.
  

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
14
Section 3
34
Section 4
47
Section 5
64
Section 6
73
Section 7
82
Section 8
96
Section 12
202
Section 13
211
Section 14
225
Section 15
240
Section 16
248
Section 17
259
Section 18
270
Section 19
281

Section 9
124
Section 10
145
Section 11
170
Section 20
304
Section 21
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Copyright

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About the author (1989)

Robert McAlmon was essayist, poet, and fiction writer, as well as an influential publisher. His Contact Publishing Company published, among others, William Carlos Williams, Mina Loy, Ernest Hemingway, H.D., and Gertrude Stein. Kay Boyle was an award-winning writer of novels, short stories, poetry, children's books, memoirs, nonfiction, and translations.

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