By Glenway Wescott, David Leavitt
Like Wescott's notable novella The Pilgrim Hawk (which Susan Sontag defined in The New Yorker as belonging "among the treasures of 20th-century American literature"), Apartment in Athens matters an strange triangular dating. during this tale approximately a Greek couple in Nazi-occupied Athens who needs to percentage their dwelling quarters with a German officer, Wescott phases an severe and unsettling drama of lodging and rejection, resistance and compulsion—an account of political oppression and non secular fight that also is a parable concerning the bills of closeted identity.
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Soldier would ask. “Want me to treat you rough like Walcott? ” “That’s it,” Jack would say. He didn’t like it any, though. One morning we were all out on the road. We’d been out quite a way and now we were coming back. We’d go along fast for three minutes and then walk a minute, and then go fast for three minutes again. Jack wasn’t ever what you would call a sprinter. He’d move around fast enough in the ring if he had to, but he wasn’t any too fast on the road. All the time we were walking Soldier was kidding him.
Oh—” I said, feeling sick for him. ” He stood there biting his lower lip. “It is very difficult,” he said. ” He looked straight past me and out through the window. Then he began to cry. “I am utterly unable to resign myself,” he said and choked. And then crying, his head up, looking at nothing, carrying himself straight and soldierly, with tears on both his cheeks and biting his lips, he walked past the machines and out of the door. The doctor told me that the major’s wife, who was very young and whom he had not married until he was definitely invalided out of the war, had died of pneumonia.
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