Lajos Walder Vase of Pompeii: A Play

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Vase of Pompeii: A Play

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On his sixtieth birthday, Monsieur Lebordin, a world-renowned scholar and antiquities expert, suffers a heart attack while alone in his one-room apartment in Paris, and is visited by the mysterious stranger Angela, who, as we find out in the course of the play, is not at all who she appears to be ... As Lebordin reminisces about his life - his loveless marriage and failure as a father, opportunities missed and roads not taken, the price of professional success - it is the Vase of Pompeii that moves center stage: brought to him years ago by a young and beautiful American millionairess to be authenticated, it embodies the gift of love he rejected and the life he did not live ... Set in 1930s France, Vase of Pompeii is a Symbolist masterpiece, social commentary (applying as much to our own time as to prewar Europe) masquerading as bourgeois tragedy.

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Arguably the most significant modern Hungarian poet, Lajos Walder was born in Budapest in 1913 and died in 1945 in the Gunskirchen concentration camp, on the day it was liberated by the Allied forces. He had managed to graduate as a lawyer, despite the severe limitations on the number of Hungarian Jews allowed to pursue a university education. He was not, however, permitted to practice; instead he found work as a laborer in a factory. He continued to write and publish until the outbreak of the war, when he was recruited to a forced labor battalion ...

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Lajos Walder is [a] name you should know. --Don Paterson

Walder (1913-1945) might be a little-known mid-20th century Hungarian poet, but that has little to do with his talent ... Nothing is too big or too small to be noticed, and this transcendence of self allows Walder to make grand gestures without sounding archaic or pompous ... Walder endows smallness with heavy meaning ... --Publishers Weekly

Rarely have I been smitten by a poet, but in Lajos Walder (1913-1945) I have been swept off my feet. His [is] the art of a rare mind, who surveyed his times with an awareness as dark as Franz Kafka's and a humour as light as Milan Kundera's ... --RACHAEL KOHN, Australian Jewish News & ABC Radio National, Australia

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