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