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Federigo Degli Alberighi loves Madam Giovanna, whom does not return love and asks for what Federigo holds most dear. One of the great stories of love and sacrifice, from the classic Italian story-cycle “Decameron.”
Unless one is wealthy there is no use in being a charming fellow. Romance is the privilege of the rich, not the profession of the unemployed. The poor should be practical and prosaic. It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating. These are the great truths of modern life which Hughie Erskine never realised.
In the course of the five or six years I spent in Russia I was several times killed and liquidated by various organizations and individuals. When I returned home to Czechoslovakia I found I had been hanged three times, shot twice, and quartered once by wild Kirghiz insurgents near Lake Kale-Yshel. Finally I was definitely stabbed to death in a wild brawl with drunken sailors in one of the Odessa taverns.
A solitary translator arrives in Brussels hooks up with a local colleague, whose flat he sublets while she’s away. An encounter with the cleaning lady, some threatening letters and the incessant ringing of the doorbell force him to reevaluate his connection to the world.
He is unemployed, she works nights at a hospice – is there a better way to live your life than realizing sex fantasies from the internet? A bitter sweet love story on everything that’s possible in an almost impossible life.
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