Epitaph for a Working Man

Epitaph for a Working Man

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This is a vivid, unsentimental yet intensely moving portrayal of an old man who, in spite of his failing health, stubbornly continues to actively enjoy life a€“ going to the pub, smoking and drinking, doing stonemasona€™s jobs, observing and commenting on the people around him. His environment and social relationships a€“ as well as those of his son, the narrator a€“ are portrayed with great attention to detail, providing us with an unfamiliar, realistic and sometimes humorous picture of run-of-the-mill everyday life in a provincial part of Switzerland in the 1980s. In Epitaph for a Working Man, Erhard von BA¼rena€™s laconic account, written from the sona€™s viewpoint, is dispassionate and occasionally harsh, but it becomes a loving homage to the father. The old mana€™s life is encapsulated in his final year: his toughness and his weakness, his dedication, his roughness and his gentleness.The automatic doors slid open, then glided shut behind us. Basement corridors. The smell of polish and disinfectants. a€œAh, this way. All you have to do is follow the arrows.a€ And, a€œIt wona#39;t be long before I can find it on my own.a€ He hung his cap anbsp;...

Title:Epitaph for a Working Man
Author:Erhard von Büren
Publisher:Troubador Publishing Ltd - 2015-06-28


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