Review Û E-book, or Kindle E-pub ☆ Maurice DekobraWhen looking over at to find books that were made into movies I have seen over the years I was introduced to Maurice Dekobra s The Madonna of the Sleeping Cars I was looking for the book based on Hitchcock s movie Foreign Correspondent thought I had found the book but it was modern author Alan Furst s novel by the same name The book based on the movie was Personal History by Vincent Sheean which is not available in Kindle format Furst had touted Dekobra s novel it being a best seller of it time 1925 it sound like an interesting ead His female characters exhibit a strength dominance Dekobra was a Frenchman who was a journalist as well as a novelist What I find enthralling is eading a book about Germany s Weimar Republic 1919 1933 pre Adolf Hitler Stalin s Russia Communist Russia through the eyes of someone living in those times Where the Reichsmark was necessary due to Germany s inflation ladies of the evening debauchery were on the ise This story is about Lady Diana Wynham The Madonna of the Sleeping Cars a free spirited widow her uest to drill for oil on her beueathed property in the USSR Caucasus
With the help of her secretary scandal idden Prince Gerald Seliman Lady Diana devise athe help of her secretary scandal idden Prince Gerald Seliman Lady Diana devise a if it does not succeed she is uined While in Germany they come to talk to the Communist leader in Berlin Leonid Varichkine his female associate This is a different kind of spy thriller were personal vendetta is the game death are at high stakes The Soviet system is seen for the horror it was for anyone that the is in its grasp that is targeted Excerpts About the author The publication of The Maddona of the Sleeping Cars in 1925 was an international success the book was translated into thirty languages and sold million of copies It was banned in Boston and the New York Times dubbed him the biggest seller of any living French writer or dead one eitherHe nodded For eight years that same charming Madam Mouravieff has been Varichkine s official mistress She inspires him She directs him She "terrorizes him Ah my dear boy that Irina Mouravieff is an extraordinary woman She is one of those enlightened individuals "him Ah my dear boy that Irina Mouravieff is an extraordinary woman She is one of those enlightened individuals can
of human happiness by the way of machine bullets and who sends the people who contradict her to do a little bit of uninterrupted meditation in the ice fields of SolovkiOnly the thick headed logicians are astonished to find that there is an elite society in a country where everything is eual But I must say that there are very few in the party to which I have the honor to belong You can count them on the fingers of one handMost assuredly And as anyone who is accused of counter evolution even if there is no proof is automatically condemned to death those innocent people end up in the dungeons of the Loubianka But all that is of no importance for it is better to shoot ten innocent people than to let one dangerous agitator escapeDo you eally believe that tyrants are born into the world just like musicians or taxpayers After all what does the cruelty. Η μαντόνα των βαγκόν λι έχει για φωτοστέφανο τον φαύλο κύκλο των καπρίτσιων της και για Ιερή Σκέπη σουίτες πολυτελών ξενοδοχείων Οι μάγοι της προσφέρουν μαργαριτάρια Η άσωτη μαντόνα χορεύει γυμνή μπροστά στην έκθαμβη βρετανική αριστοκρατία και προκαλεί τα χρηστά ήθη στα πρωτοσέλιδα των κοσμικών φυλλάδων Η Λαίδη Γουάινχαμ ,CONCEIVE OF HUMAN HAPPINESS BY THE WAY OF MACHINE
Of tyrants signify It is but a
Manifestation Of The Instinctof the instinct self "Preservation Nothing Nor Less "nothing nor less harmless piece of flesh and bone forced by destiny to command a million individuals who hate him is bound to be a perfect CaliguaJust a man cursed with an education valueless to the new egime a superfluous being who has been conuered in the unfair battle between brute force and brain powerMy next ead Colette s The Vagabond I was slogging my way through a couple of books that didn t fully have my attention when I ebelled and scoured my shelves for something engaging I don t think I ve ead a spy novel since college or maybe high school but I trust Neversink Library
SO I ENDED UP OPENING THEI ended up opening The of the Sleeping CarsAs usual I was not disappointed Well I was a little disappointed that The Madonna didn t turn out to be the spy nor even eally the star of her own book but what the book is instead was delightful and compulsively eadableThen again despite the fact that the narrator of the story is Prince Gerard Seliman yes I m too lazy to figure out how to do the accent ight now Lady Diana s The Madonna of the Sleeping Cars secretary Gerard seems a bit hapless an old fashioned gentleman at the whims of the actual actors of the story all women Lady Diana herself a uined capitalist in search of a new fortune Madame Mouravieff the terrifyingly uthless agent of the elatively new Soviet egime and finally his estranged wife Princess Seliman flitting around on a yacht nursing her broken heartSeliman may not be a spy but there is at least one spy another woman in this novel of subterfuge cynical grabs at power prison executions and a good deal of international travelThis book was one of the biggest bestsellers of all time and despite the sometimes old fashioned writing it s still easy to see why Overwrought and antiuated with Soviets as cartoon villains It was curiosity than anything else that made me buy this book Curiosity as to what it was that made this book so immensely popular in the mid 20s this is a eprint of that work as translated by the Frenchreal name Maurice Tessier author s American friend Neil Wainwright so expect American punctuation and spellings to whom the book is dedicated At worst I thought it might simply be a frivolous pastime but it was curiosity that was foremost in my mindThere are four main characters the aristocratic Westerners Lady Diana Wynham and her secretary Prince Gerard S liman who is the author of the book and so it epresents his take on the characters and their attitudes and the Russian Communists Leonid Varichkine and his partner Irina Mouravieff The writing and dialogue is florid even awful by modern standards and stylistically uirky but it is not difficult to become used to it Somehow it also seems appropriate as the type of writing one would expect the character S liman might use but of course it is Dekobra s style and it epresents a fascinating mix aka dekobrisme at the time of the author s first hand experience ?ισθησιακή ατίθαση και απαλλαγμένη από ηθικές ασημαντότητες σκανδαλίζει την Ευρώπη του '20 ταξιδεύει αδιάκοπα κι εξερευνά άλλοτε τα άγνωστα εδάφη της ψυχανάλυσης και άλλοτε τα επικίνδυνα εδάφη του υπαρκτού σοσιαλισμού συνοδευόμενη από τον έμπιστο γραμματέα της Πρίγκιπα Σελιμάν Η οικονομική καταστροφή; Για τη γυναίκα που δε. .
F the places and events described and the fictional elements of the narrative On a certain level there is a certain spying uality that propels the narrative but the intriguing aspect is the complex
Interplay Between The Fourbetween the four characters The setting in the mid 1920s provides the political background the Capitalist Aristocracy and their overwhelming fear of the conseuences of the Communist Russian Revolution Dekobra s style allows him to present unflinching descriptions of both political sides Wyndham and S liman provide prescient condemnations of the Communists and Communism while Varichnike and Mouravieff provide the eually incisive biting criticisms of the Aristocratic Capitalistic "melieu Given the immense popularity of the book one cannot help "Given the immense popularity of the book one cannot help wonder how much its pro Western sentiments might have contributed in shaping the West s virulent anti Communist phobias prevalent both during World War II especially among our political and eligious leaders and particularly throughout the Cold War periodAt the end of the book there is an Afterword written in 2012 by Ren Steinke Among other things it interprets the book from the point of view of its depiction of the New 20th century Woman as typified by the two central women in the book the outrageous Lady Diana Wynham the Madonna of the Sleeping Cars and the terrifying Irina Mouravieff the Maruise de Sade of Red Russia Indeed the characters of the two women are perhaps the most potent aspect of this novel both epresent a kind of freed or emancipated woman and both are presented as both wonderful and terrifying in their own ways Both are uthless cruel heartless and fearless and while S liman s overwhelming preference is for Lady Diana one can also detect a sneaking admiration for Irina The men are presented almost as peripheral actors to be used by the women for their particular ends and purposes and with not too many other edeeming ualities As to which of the two women protagonists is the most monstrous I will leave that to the individual eader to determineOverall a most enjoyable ead I purchased a Neversink Library bundle for myself for Christmas about five or six years ago I had only ecently become aware of Melville House and was uite intrigued by the design of these books and the mission of the Neversink series to make available titles which had been under appreciated or unfortunately forgotten I cannot uite ecall if the bundle was ten pre selected titles or if I chose the volumes myself Over the intervening years I have ead maybe two After Midnight for sure people in an apartment fearful of the Nazis bursting in upon them and the Right Way to do Wrong Houdini just iffing for about 200 pages Somewhere along the way I must have sold off several at current I only count five Neversink volumes on my shelves This book is appropriately described as a omp It sold over 15 million copies upon its publication in the 1920s and in many ways originated the spy thriller began a long legacy of mystery and int. ν ανέβηκε ποτέ άλλο γολγοθά από την πλατιά σκάλα του Ριτζ είναι απλώς αδιανόητη Ο πλούτος της είναι απαραίτητος ακόμα κι αν πρέπει να τον διεκδικήσει από αιμοσταγείς μπολσεβίκους Ακόμα κι αν πρέπει να περάσει από το κρεβάτι του συντρόφου Βαρίσκιν για να πάρει πίσω τις πετρελαιοπηγές που της στέρησε η σοβιετική κρατικοποίηση. ,