By Glenway Wescott, David Leavitt
Like Wescott's awesome novella The Pilgrim Hawk (which Susan Sontag defined in The New Yorker as belonging "among the treasures of 20th-century American literature"), Apartment in Athens matters an strange triangular courting. during this tale approximately a Greek couple in Nazi-occupied Athens who needs to proportion their residing quarters with a German officer, Wescott levels an extreme and unsettling drama of lodging and rejection, resistance and compulsion—an account of political oppression and religious fight that also is a parable in regards to the bills of closeted identity.
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I asked myself, what was I afraid of? The answer: I was afraid of him blowing up and leaving me. In some ways the courses I was taking and the books I was reading confused me. I would often re-commit to the relationship with such passion and fervor and yet, at the same time feel that I was losing myself. It seems I had always held the fear of my partner leaving me. It seemed useless. In some ways I was attached to the image of being the bigger person who always took the ‘high road’ and I didn’t want to stray from that illusion.
And off I went to another course with the intention of fixing myself or going undercover in a covert operation to ‘fix’ him. ” I didn’t know whether I was to accept what was dying or spend my energy creating the possibility that we could be in love again. When does one actually check out of the relationship and what does unconditional love really mean? T hose who knew me were often surprised to learn that I was unable to express my anger to him. I am quite an expressive person–one who usually plays the full range of emotions.
Creating them has been part of my re-creation process... to surround myself with images that bring me joy. 54 55 Thank You for Leaving Me Second Stage 36 A friend of mine once told me that she was rather unimpressed with my lack of revenge and rage. She shared with me the intricate revenge plan she had plotted out when her marriage went sideways and she was surprised at my lack of connection to the heat and fury of it all. It did make me wonder if I was just suppressing my rage under the guise of spiritual enlightenment.
Apartment in Athens (New York Review Books Classics) by Glenway Wescott, David Leavitt