ORIGINAL SIN by George Tabori


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A new side of Tabori, whose Companions of the Left Hand and Beneath the Stone bear no resemblance to this story of Cairo and a man's revelations about the death of his wife...In three parts, each developing the roots of his fear, his constant evasion of the final truth;- the first retails the many causes of her suicide; the second describes the half-truth of the reasons why he murdered her; the third, the fundamental causes of his criminal act. A five day sand storm, the nerve-wracking khamseen, bring to a climax the relations of Tristan and Adela, and the affairs of their pension, Malika Farida. There is the growing tension among their tenants, Adela's failing health, the appearance of an old friend, a Greek, the effect of the new houseboy, Zouba, on the pension, on Adela, and finally Tristan's total recall on the death of his father and the desperate fear of remeeting the Greek...all these contributing to the fact of murder. A definite orchestration, as more and more of the past is revealed, as reason after reason is projected, amplified and bolstered, as characters and incidents and conversations fall into place, as the town and the weather act in turn on the people. Tight, effective, this underscores Tabori's ability to tell a story, to portray character. A novel for the discriminating taste- for top-drawer crime addicts.

Pub Date: June 11th, 1947
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin