By Daniel Kehlmann, Gregor von Rezzori
An NYRB Classics Original
Set simply after global battle I, An Ermine in Czernopol facilities at the tragicomic destiny of Tildy, an erstwhile officer within the military of the now-defunct Austro-Hungarian Empire, made up our minds to safeguard the advantage of his dishonest sister-in-law at any fee. Rezzori surrounds Tildy with a number of amazing characters, enticing us in a kaleidoscopic event of a urban the place not anything is because it appears—a urban of discordant voices, of untamed ugliness and heartbreaking sadness, within which, in spite of the fact that, “laughter used to be in all places, a part of the air we breathed, a crackling pressure within the surroundings, continually able to erupt in showers of sparks or discharge itself in thunderous peals.”
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An Ermine in Czernopol by Daniel Kehlmann, Gregor von Rezzori