By Glenway Wescott

A bestseller in 1945, this ebook has been out of print for over thirty years

Like Wescott’s notable 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 courting. during this tale a couple of Greek couple in Nazi-occupied Athens who needs to proportion their dwelling quarters with a German officer, Wescott phases an severe and unsettling drama of lodging and rejection, resistance and compulsion—an account of political oppression and religious fight that also is a parable approximately the prices of closeted identification.

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Horizon of the plain, When Dalang appeared on the 76 A Soul in Bondage the woman and children, with their eyes shaded from ~e sun with their hands, were all looking in his direc- tion ·. He was. carrying a game animal almost as long as himself, his gun barrel shining behind above his head. "Oh! What a big river-deer," his oldest son, Tashi Dawa, commented. · "Doesn't look like a river-deer . It's more like a yak,'' the second son Tashi Nyima said. " the youngest son asked. · "Stop talking nonsense!

What he was carrying on his shoulder was a dying man covered with blood. His blood oozed onto Dalang's back, staining it red. "Had I known he was dying, I wouldn't have carried him all the way up here· I am not a master of celestial funerals . '' He dumped the dead body by the tent and seated himself on_ the grass , gasping for breath. He was already in his fifties, and was beginning to feel his age. At the foot of the mountain, while he was hiding behind the rocks, he had watched a fierce battle between a band of robbers and caravan of traders.

They remained there with no clothes on, bathing their strong bodies in the crystal flood of light. They stood listening, transported by the sound that came from nowhere. "You see, we are not lonely ," Dalang said, warmly holding the woman ' s cool and slippery shoulders in his arms . "Moun t Zela is like the Divinity in Heaven. It has bestowed much on us. There are lives around us and the spirit presents itself everywhere·: It is always with us, above our heads, under our feet. Why do we need to see it with our eyes?

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