The Legend of the Holy Drinker

This booklet, the most haunting issues that Roth ever composed, used to be released in 1939, the 12 months the writer died. Like Andreas, the hero of the tale, Roth drank himself to dying in Paris, yet this isn't an autobiographical confession. it's a secular miracle-tale, during which the vagrant Andreas, after residing less than bridges, has a chain of fortunate breaks that carry him in short onto a special airplane of life. The novella is awfully compressed, dry-eyed and witty, regardless of its melancholic subject-matter. The Legend of the Holy Drinker was once tumed right into a movie through Enrico Olmi, starring Rutger Hauer.

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It used to be, as already pointed out, night, and less than the bridges at the banks of the river it used to be really darker than it was once up at the bridges and embankments above. The vagrant was once swaying a bit of and was once truly the more severe for put on. He appeared to not have spotted the aged, well-dressed gentleman. He, notwithstanding, had essentially noticeable the swaying guy from a way off, and, faraway from swaying himself, was once striding purposefully in the direction of him. He appeared reason on barring the way in which of the seedy guy. They either got here to a halt and faced each other. ‘Where are you going, brother? ’ requested the aged, well-dressed gentleman. the opposite checked out him for a second, and stated: ‘I wasn’t conscious that I had a brother, and that i don’t recognize the place I’m going. ’ ‘Then i'm going to try and express you the way,’ acknowledged the gentleman. ‘But first will you now not be offended with me if I ask you for a slightly strange favour? ’ ‘I am completely at your service,’ acknowledged the clochard. ‘I can see that you're not with out blemish. yet God has despatched you to me. Now, if you’ll forgive my asserting so, i'm certain you'll use a few funds. i've got good enough. may possibly you inform me how a lot you require? not less than for the instant destiny? ’ the opposite mirrored for a second and stated: ‘Twenty francs. ’ That can’t be enough,’ responded the gentleman. ‘I’m yes you require 2 hundred. ’ The vagrant took a step again, and for a second it regarded as though he may fall over, yet he controlled to stick on his ft, if with a bit neighborhood trouble. Then he acknowledged: ‘Certainly, i'd quite 200 francs than twenty, yet i'm a guy of honour. you could now not have realised as a lot. i can't settle for the sum you supply me for the subsequent purposes: to start with, simply because I don’t have the excitement of figuring out you; secondly, simply because I don’t understand how and while i might be capable of pay off you; and thirdly, simply because there will be no threat of your asking me to pay off you. i've got no tackle. virtually each day reveals me less than a unique bridge. And but, despite that, as i've got guaranteed you, i'm a guy of honour, albeit of no fastened deal with. ’ ‘I too haven't any address,’ responded the aged gentleman, ‘and I too can be discovered lower than a distinct bridge on a daily basis, and but i'd ask you please to just accept the 2 hundred francs — a bagatelle for a guy equivalent to your self. And as regards its reimbursement, I should still clarify why i can't refer you, say, to a financial institution, the place you may deposit the cash in my account. as a matter of fact that i've got lately develop into a Christian, because of interpreting the tale of little St Thérèse de Lisieux. i've got a unique reverence for her little statue within the Chapelle de Sainte Marie des Batignolles, which you'll don't have any difficulty find. as a result, if you happen to subsequent take place to have 200 francs, and your moral sense won't let you cross on owing me any such paltry sum, i'd ask you to visit Sainte Marie des Batignolles, and to depart the money within the arms of the priest who reads the Mass there. For if you happen to owe it to somebody, you owe it to little Thérèse. Don’t disregard now: Sainte Marie des Batignolles.

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