THE TROUBADOUR by Louis Vaczek


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The theme of ""my enemy, my brother"" has had its uses and here it is endlessly explored when Victor Hirondelle, on the verge of nothingness and near suicide in Paris, finds out that Bernard Minot, a history professor in an American college, is making use of the medieval ballad manuscripts Victor had marked out for his own purposes. His music, particularly his symphony never performed, his current mistress, Nada, now with an American vice-consul, his elegant, satisfying Marquise vanished, Victor seizes on Bernard to corrupt and destroy, moves him from pleasant living quarters to the squalor of a boarding house, diabolically watches him fall in love with Nada, saves him and another tenant from a traitor wanted by the police, follows him, to save him again, when Bernard decides to lose the manuscripts so he can pretend to find them, and wakes to Bernard's achievement of freedom. Indignant harangues, a sense of the world's madness, a Paris viewed through knowing eyes for its lesser known aspects, a whirling unbalance of despair and exaltation -- this is a progress that many will not care to follow.

Pub Date: Sept. 14th, 1960
Publisher: Morrow-Sloane