An intellectual thriller is a search; conscience is the goad and atonement a possible goal; while Vienna, after the war,...

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LAZARUS IN VIENNA

An intellectual thriller is a search; conscience is the goad and atonement a possible goal; while Vienna, after the war, where the Americas and the Russians share the occupation, is an effective background. Polite hostilities prevail and the Russians (""come for coffee and vanish with vodka"") are feared- so that Dr. Ernst Schleicher, an analyst, has no choice but to follow the directive of the Russian Bagroff who wants him to apply the methods of his brilliant student, Menaeleus, in restoring the memory of an amnesiac- Rorsch. Rorsch will be another Lazarus- but so will Menaeleus- who was to have married Schleicher's daughter, Brigitte. But there are many unknowns in the past through which Menaeleus will rise up and walk again- and their revelation will keep Brigitte from her chance to escape it- with a young American- and return her to a different form of bondage.... An intricate, ingenious story for the Ambler audience- less sinister- but it plays a delicate game of delayed truths and inevitable consequences with assurance.

Pub Date: April 26, 1956

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: McGraw-Hill

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1956