Turlupin by Leo Perutz

By Leo Perutz

"What is so obvious from the novels of Leo Perutz is his irrepressible excitement in storytelling - and his ample artistic reward ...even if literature is leaving behind sheer narrative, a few of his most interesting novels has to be preserved for posterity." Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. 1642. King Louis XIII is inside a 12 months of his dying; his leader Minister, Cardinal Richelieu, won't continue to exist the 12 months. however the ill primate is decided to wreck the ability of the French the Aristocracy whether it is the very last thing he does, and to this finish he's close to reaching a surprising coup as a result of the typical humans led via a disaffected aristocrat. Martinmas, November eleventh, is to be the day of reckoning. It unearths the chief of the French the Aristocracy accrued within the palace of the past due Duc de Lavan, whose funeral has simply taken position in wonderful pomp. Plans are agreed one of the assembled dukes and marquises to rally to their reason each best friend they could locate, figuring out that they are going to now not accept a moment likelihood to assassinate the Cardinal and subvert his plot opposed to them. one of the assembled aristocrats is the younger Breton Monsieur de Josselin - or so he could have the noble loved ones think. actually he's a Paris wig-maker and barber named Turlupin. whilst at the fateful eleventh the Paris mob surrounds and assaults the Lavan palace and Turlupin sees within the entrance rank the very guy such a lot able to reveal him for an imposter, he has to behave in haste - with effects that nobody might then have expected. Leo Perutz's admirers integrated Graham Greene, Ian Fleming and Jorge Luis Borges. Turlupin indicates him at his classic most sensible, sly, fast, witty, touching, and eternally one step prior to the reader.

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Finalmente è arrivato! Si spicci, corra, la stanno aspettando». E al suono familiare di quella voce il figlio primoge­ nito del duca di Lavan si trasformò in un semplice parruccaio, di nome Turlupin, che lesto e pieno di zelo correva ai suoi rasoi, ai suoi crogioli per unguenti, ai suoi diavolini. 45 7 Si chinò per non sbattere il naso contro la testa di legno imparruccata che, esposta al vento e alla piog­ gia, penzolava sopra la porta della bottega, segnalan­ do che lì si vendevano e rimodellavano anche parruc­ che usate.

Jean-Gédéon, duca di Lavan, del casato La Trémouille» sussurrò il frate. «Jean, duca di... » gridò Turlupin. « Ma io l’ho visto seduto sul ponte! ». «Jean-Gédéon, duca di Lavan, del casato La Trémouille, luogotenente ereditario dell’Isle de France, gran scudiere di Sua Maestà, il nostro grazioso signore e sovrano » ripetè il monaco. 35 4 «Possa entrare in Paradiso» borbottò Tnrlupin spa­ ventato e confuso; poi a passi malsicuri varcò il cancel­ lo aperto ed entrò nella chiesa, dove si era adunata l’a­ ristocrazia di Francia.

Monsieur Gaspard guardò meditabondo il soffitto annerito dal fumo, come se i suoi pensieri vagassero verso le isole lontane dell’Occidente. » disse. «E allo­ ra? Coelum, non animurn mutant, qui trans mare currunt. Anche sotto un cielo straniero io resterò quello che so­ no». «Bene» ribattè il signor Le Gouche. «Io non capi­ sco il latino. Ma per questi discorsi si può anche essere condannati alla pubblica fustigazione, non se lo di­ mentichi, signore». 51 E per far capire che riteneva finita la discussione, si rivolse alla vedova Sabot e disse, indicando il suo seno: «Madame, lei ha una barricata che assalterei volen­ tieri, se non fossi in là con gli anni e ormai disabituato al servizio militare».

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