The Death of Euripides



Year of publish: 2002.

Number of words:19.704

Copyright belong to the Author



            The novel The Death of Euripides is intended as some sort of literary course in ethics or novelized history of the public moral. This being only the fundamental layer of the story, entwined there is also a family story  about a mother with two sons from two marriages, one of which, the youngest, dies at the beginning of the novel, as well as the  history of the Ancient Greek tragedian Euripides with scenes from Venice, probably the most magnificent European city. During their twenty-four hour walk through Venice, on a warm winter day and night, during which the single small  star disappears from the North  Sky, narrator and Euripides  discuss  history of  Ancient Greece, history of the Twentieth Century Europe, history of Venice and Ethics. The history of the Euripides’s Europe smoothly  communicates with the history of Baroque and Renaissance Venice, and the city that today lies between the Golf of Veneto and Golf of Laguna, also reveals its contemporary face.

            Walking along the streets and the canals, sliding along the Grand Canal, a silent shadow recognized as Euripides and narrator talk about justice and  what is right. The history of a moral in the novel The Death of Euripides is based on several important premises. The crucial one is that the most horrendous acts in the human history were done out of conviction. The biggest criminals are no exception, nor are the inquisitors, communist investigators or the  Nazis. All of them played their public roles out of conviction and followed ferociously the policies that over the years became ever more and more monstrous - and then, being convinced that only the most moral ones can finish something up, for the good of their people or class, they committed the most horrifying crimes.

            However, the novel The Death of Euripides also has a personal angle. In the midst of this personal tale is a mother, the most beautiful mother in all of literature. Out of her two marriages she has two sons, but since real historic time and  time frames of the novel  have no significance, her first husband was the amateur pianist Tibor Veres. Tibor was a Jew who caught the last twin-engine airplane and managed to escape from Budapest at the dawn of The Second World War. After that, the mother, this grand lady and beauty of her epoch, remarried. She went south and beautiful as she was for her husband she chose Robert, Squadrist with no arms, one of those who joined the First World War as the prisoner of the idea of a ‘Holy Egoism’. Nebo was born out of this marriage, the wondrous Nebo, deaf and almost mute, he sang the most beautiful songs...

            The novel The Death of Euripides is the most concise history of Europe and European ideas, but also the history of a small European man who, at the end of all paths of history, remains alone.


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