By Desmond Hogan

ISBN-10: 1564788547

ISBN-13: 9781564788542

Following a crippling melancholy and institutionalization, the author Desmond wanders from his local Dublin round an more and more unrecognizable Europe, and so far as the southern usa, assembling a patchwork of small tales, conversations, amorous affairs, stories, regrets, and confrontations: “the labyrinth of reports of individuals whose lives you contact . . . in order that your brain turns into like a polychromatic Irish pub.” even if a chain of tragic postcards, a cubist novel, or a memoir shorn of its connective tissue, A Farewell to Prague stands as Desmond Hogan’s maximum success: a catalog of the moments that justify a life—or shine a mild on its vacancy.

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Jonathon asked. indd 36 8/24/12 4:58 PM the twisted tragedy of miss natalie stewart “Well, someone has an odd way of knowing what company I’d keep today,” said the clerk, mopping his receding brow with a kerchief and inching his glasses up his nose. ” He slid two envelopes across the counter. One said: To a young British stranger, absurdly handsome, black hair, blue eyes. The other said: To a young auburn-­haired woman. Green eyes. Pretty. Jonathon nodded to the postman and eased me away from any listening ears and over to an alcove filled with pens, paper, and supplies.

Right. ” He scratched his head, displacing one wavy black lock. ” “Thankfully she’s good at keeping them. ” I’d had no knowledge or need of telegraphs, even if our family could have afforded them. At such a price they were a convenience for the wealthy alone. A dollar could be a whole day’s pay for many New Yorkers. I tucked the telegraphs into the drawstring bag at my wrist as Denbury began writing telegraphs of his own in return. indd 38 8/24/12 4:58 PM the twisted tragedy of miss natalie stewart of my remaining money to send a wire directly to Father, one that could not be mistaken.

How could she have known? ” I smiled amid his anxiety as the truth dawned on me. “She’s clairvoyant, my love. ” “Oh. Right. ” He scratched his head, displacing one wavy black lock. ” “Thankfully she’s good at keeping them. ” I’d had no knowledge or need of telegraphs, even if our family could have afforded them. At such a price they were a convenience for the wealthy alone. A dollar could be a whole day’s pay for many New Yorkers. I tucked the telegraphs into the drawstring bag at my wrist as Denbury began writing telegraphs of his own in return.

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