A Wreath for Europa by Paul Tabori

By Paul Tabori

Released in England as Epitaph for Europe. a tender Hungarian author, broadly travelled at the Continent, seeks to reëvoke the basic spirit of that inter-war Europe, now blown to bits. He meets numerous literary figures at the approach, together with James Joyce, Jakob Wassermann, Miroslav Krleža and others.

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This is the \vay Catholic priests pray all over the world: the vocal prayer flexes the wings of the spirit; the inner, wordless prayer lifts it to the heights it strives to reach. There was a whole world of form and dogma between usfor though I had been born and brought up a Catholic, I no longer shared his faith. And yet in those tninutes there was little difference between our beliefs. Both of us were carried by the same spiritual wave towards an experience which though I could not put a name to it was the same for both of us.

I had spent many a morning in its din1med, severely bare nave and had climbed its towers. But when I reached it I was told that the cathedral was closed for the night; workmen were busy erecting tribunes, for next morning the Requiem of Berlioz would be presented in the old church. Perhaps I could still get a ticket, though most of them had been given away already. I managed to find a friend who could pull the necessary strings, and early next morning I was sitting in one of the last ro\vs high up above the nave.

L-Ie glared at me and asked: JAMAIS D'AUDACE 21 .. " I indicated that I didn't know what he meant. " he replied, a little more clearly. I told him that I didn't quite see what there was to keep n1y mouth shut about and explained that I seldon1 indulged in blackmail. He stared at me and suddenly his face, with its gray stubble, puckered and he burst into tears. It was one of the n1ost embarrassing sights of my life. Worse than that, he began to beat his chest and sobbing, shouting, let loose a flood of selfdenunciation .

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