Famous Last Words
Penguin Group (Canada), 28 juin 2005 - 392 pages
In the final days of the Second World War, Hugh Selwyn Mauberley scrawls his desperate account on the walls and ceilings of his ice-cold prison high in the Austrian Alps. Officers of the liberating army discover his frozen, disfigured corpse and his astonishing testament--the sordid truth that he alone possessed. Fascinated but horrified, they learn of a dazzling array of characters caught up in scandal and political corruption. The exiled Duke and Duchess of Windsor, von Ribbentrop, Hitler, Charles Lindbergh, Sir Harry Oakes--all play sinister parts in an elaborate scheme to secure world domination.
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No sign. In the lobby of the old Imperial Hotel, we took up our final stations. Wallis
sat in her chair. I hovered in the mirror. Dmitri never came back. He died. Was
killed. Or killed himself. Was drowned and swept away. We made up our minds
together he was in the river, perhaps because the river reached the sea. This
made his death less difficult — acceptable. No, not acceptable. But credible. He
could be in the river. He could not be in the earth. "You loved him," Wallis told me.
This was a complete non sequitur. "What?" I said. But Isabella hardly seemed to
know I was there. She was sitting somewhere else, I suppose; in the past. "My
husband was only thirty-eight years old," she said, "and all he had done was
express his opinion. All he had done was put some words on paper. But they
killed him — shot him — propping him against the courtyard wall — and they
placed the gun in his hands, and they laid my children, all of them dead, around
him. As if he had ...
"And they killed him. You see? Our friends, my friend. Our friends. They killed him
." Reaching down, she drew her skirt across the bruises on her shins. "And now,
in Spain I am constantly thinking of my husband and his death," she said. "How
they killed him. With their boots. And I am thinking all the time of Matteotti, too:
and how they killed him. With a stone. And I am thinking of my children.. . . I am
thinking of the wall and of the trees. I am thinking of human beings. I am thinking
of how ...
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Famous Last WordsAvis d'utilisateur - EffeLou - Babelio
Famous Last Words par Timothy Findley Le roman se déroule pendant la deuxième guerre mondiale. Hugh Selwyn Mayberly (réincarnation d'Ezra Pound, poète américain proche des fascistes italiens et ... Consulter l'avis complet
LibraryThing ReviewAvis d'utilisateur - gypsysmom - LibraryThing
Wow! This was one terrific book. I have a new admiration for Findley's writing and I'm glad I've got Headhunter on the TBR pile. In this book, Findley has an imaginary person (Hugh Selwyn Mauberley, a ... Consulter l'avis complet