A GIRL FROM LUBECK by Bruce Marshall


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This is a happy combination of romance, of a modest venture in espionage, and of very light satire which follows Versory, a lecturer in British literature, (""von Beowulf an Dylan Thomas"") as he trails Hannelore, the girl he first meets in Lubeck. As a representative of the English Letters Association, which with the Soveitsky Literaturny Soyouz is a member of a sort of literary U.N. known as the Quinquepartitite International Letters Association (Wow!) Versory runs into a little trouble with the Russian Platov, when his lecture is derailed. Later in Paris he is ordered to shadow Platov. But he has an even harder time keeping up with Hannelore; she shares his nights, but is unwilling to reveal her daytime telephone number; she is also known to have been one of the girls (Platov's- and his superior- Beaker's) from a discreet menage conducted by a Madame Putiphar. While he is able to trace her to the Riviera with Beaker, he is unable to prevent her final disappearance behind the walls of a convent in Lubeck.... An intricate imbroglio, complicated by absurd operational doubletalk (codes) and organizational triple think (security), which along with the literary quipping provides a versatile diversion.

Pub Date: Feb. 21st, 1961
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin