SEVEN TIMES THE LEADING MAN by Egon Hostovsky

SEVEN TIMES THE LEADING MAN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The end of Europe implicit in the danse macabre of one Joseph Kavalsky, as he is seen through the seven people who lived around him, whose adulation fed him, and whom he corrupted and possessed. Jaroslav Ondrej, a younger man who was both his physical and spiritual counterpart, tells the story of Kavalsky, a writer of considerable brilliance, a drunk and a libertine at intervals. Here are his intense, abruptly abandoned relationships, his periods of debauchery, his last novel prophetic of the downfall of Europe, his desertion by his wife when she becomes pregnant and finally asserts herself against his nihilism, culminating in the German invasion when his mistress betrays him and he finally escapes into exile -- where he dies. Written with vehemence rather than subtlety, there's an exaggeration -- a distortion of violence and decadence here which is symbolic rather than sympathetic.

Pub Date: Oct. 8th, 1945
Publisher: L.B. Fischer