Night Train to Lisbon: A Novel

By Pascal Mercier

Raimund Gregorius teaches classical languages at a Swiss lycée, and lives a existence ruled by means of regimen. at some point, an opportunity come upon with a Portuguese lady evokes him to query his life—and leads him to a rare booklet that may open the potential of altering it. encouraged through the phrases of Amadeu de Prado, a physician whose intelligence and magnetism left a mark on each person who met him and whose rules led him right into a disagreement with Salazar’s dictatorship, Gergorius forums a teach to Lisbon. As Gregorius turns into excited about unlocking the secret of who Prado was once, a rare story unfolds.

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In useful issues, i've got another request: at it slow – no hurry – could you permit me have your keys? Kägi had additional by means of hand: Or do you want to maintain them? simply in case? Gregorius sat there decades. open air it grew darkish. He wouldn’t have concept that Kägi could write him this kind of letter. many years in the past, he had obvious him within the urban with the 2 youngsters and every thing appeared to be wonderful. He cherished what Virginie Ledoyen had acknowledged approximately his outfits and he had misgivings while he regarded down on the trousers of the recent go well with he used to be donning. Blunt, convinced. yet uncouth? And apart from Natalie Rubin and perhaps Ruth Gautschi, which lady scholars neglected him? He had back simply because he desired to be again within the position the place he knew his manner round. the place he didn’t need to converse Portuguese or French or English. Why did Kägi’s letter make this plan, the easiest of all plans, unexpectedly appear so tough? Why used to be it now extra vital to him than your time in the past within the teach that it used to be night-time whilst he went all the way down to Bubenbergplatz? An hour later, while he stood within the sq., he had the sensation he couldn’t contact it to any extent further. sure, although it sounded unusual, that used to be the correct be aware: he couldn’t contact Bubenbergplatz to any extent further. He had already walked round the sq. thrice, had waited on the site visitors lighting and appeared in all instructions: in the direction of the cinema, the put up place of work, the conflict memorial, the Spanish bookstall the place he had stumble upon Prado’s booklet, directly forward on the tram cease, at Heiliggeistkirche and the Loeb division shop. He had stood nonetheless, closed his eyes and targeting the strain his heavy physique exerted at the pavement. The soles of his ft had turn into hot, the road appeared to come in the direction of him, however the feeling persevered: he now not succeeded in touching the sq.. The streets and structures, the lighting fixtures and sounds, of the sq. with its a long time of familiarity not controlled to arrive him, to bridge this ultimate hole and current themselves to his reminiscence as whatever he not just knew, knew by way of center, yet as whatever he was once, had constantly been. basically now did it sunrise on him that he was once now not an identical individual. The power, inexplicable hole was once by no means like a protecting guard. in its place, it made Gregorius panic; it was once the phobia that during wasting the generic issues he had evoked to recapture himself he was once additionally wasting himself. He was once experiencing a lot a similar factor right here as he had at sunrise in Lisbon, merely extra perniciously and masses, even more dangerously, for whereas there were Bern in addition to Lisbon, there has been nowhere to interchange the misplaced Bern. along with his eyes at the good but receding flooring, he ran into a passer-by and for a second every thing used to be spinning. He grasped his head with either fingers as though to carry directly to it, and while he was once calm and picked up back, he observed a girl look again at him, in her glance a query of no matter if he can be short of support. The clock on Heiliggeistkirche now confirmed 8 o’clock and the site visitors had subsided. The cloud hide had thinned and also you might see the celebs.

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