Sauve Qui Peut: Stories

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For the British delegation to Vulgaria, no problem is too small to become a crisis in this lively story collection of diplomatic misadventure
In the words of Antrobus, master diplomat in the King’s service, diplomacy was once “a quiet and restful trade carried on in soothing inanity among a hundred shady legations and embassies all over the globe.” What changed? What caused this most noble profession to fall from grace? Women, of course. A diplomatic incident begins brewing as soon as the lovely new French ambassador—or is it ambassadress?—arrives in Vulgaria. One of the British delegation is instantly besotted, and about to begin his pursuit when a rival appears in the form of roguish Italian diplomat Bonzo di Porco. Because these are servants of the most advanced governments in the world, they settle their dispute rationally: with swords. Jealousy, selfishness, swordplay? All are commonplace in Antrobus’s embassy. In these nine juicy tales, the King’s diplomats may seldom be diplomatic, but they always manage to get the job done—with or without bloodshed.
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Jun 12, 2012
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Fiction / Humorous / General
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
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In one complete volume, here are the five classic novels from Douglas Adams’s beloved Hitchhiker series.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read)
Seconds before the Earth is demolished for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is saved by Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised Guide. Together they stick out their thumbs to the stars and begin a wild journey through time and space.

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
The moment before annihilation at the hands of warmongers is a curious time to crave tea. It could only happen to the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his comrades as they hurtle across the galaxy in a desperate search for a place to eat.

Life, the Universe and Everything
The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky– so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals can avert Armageddon: mild-mannered Arthur Dent and his stalwart crew.

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
Back on Earth, Arthur Dent is ready to believe that the past eight years were all just a figment of his stressed-out imagination. But a gift-wrapped fishbowl with a cryptic inscription thrusts him back to reality. So to speak.

Mostly Harmless
Just when Arthur Dent makes the terrible mistake of starting to enjoy life, all hell breaks loose. Can he save the Earth from total obliteration? Can he save the Guide from a hostile alien takeover? Can he save his daughter from herself?

Includes the bonus story “Young Zaphod Plays It Safe”

“With droll wit, a keen eye for detail and heavy doses of insight . . . Adams makes us laugh until we cry.”—San Diego Union-Tribune

“Lively, sharply satirical, brilliantly written . . . ranks with the best set pieces in Mark Twain.”—The Atlantic
The complete Antrobus stories of diplomatic mischief comprise “a rewarding cocktail based on two parts Wodehouse and half a part of H. H. Munro” (The New York Times).
Versatile British novelist, travel writer, and member of the real-life family portrayed in the PBS Masterpiece production, The Durrells in Corfu, Lawrence Durrell worked in the Foreign Service during and after World War II, where he experienced the absurdities of international diplomacy firsthand.
Here are the complete misadventures of British diplomat Antrobus at his post in Vulgaria, behind the Iron Curtain, featuring delightful illustrations. “These tales of comic woe, small disasters, goofs, gaffes and misadventures from the ridiculous to the absurd depict the vaudeville of a government bureaucracy” (Publishers Weekly).
Esprit de Corps: After decades spent representing Britain around the globe, Antrobus has earned countless medals and the right to pass afternoons in his London club, musing over old times. Unfortunately, every old embarrassment still rankles—no matter how ridiculous. The incident with the Yugoslav ghost train, for instance, still causes him to clench his fists in fear. When he speaks of Sir Claud Polk-Mowbray, he takes pains to lower his voice—lest an American hear. And his stomach has never recovered from a potentially disastrous misprint: “THE BALKAN HERALD KEEPS THE BRITISH FLAG FRYING.”
“My goodness it is funny.” —The Daily Telegraph
Stiff Upper Lip: In “If Garlic Be the Food of Love,” the overseer of the kitchen at the British embassy in Vulgaria is flagrantly abusing his power. He has begun serving food with garlic! Does he mean to cripple international diplomacy with foul breath? No mere mint can save him now. After this initial taste, eight more stories make it abundantly clear why Antrobus nicknames his fellow diplomats “dips.”
“No person, place or thing can ever quite remain the same for us after we have seen, smelled, tasted, heard and felt it through the senses of Lawrence Durrell.” —Saturday Review
Sauve Qui Peut: In “What-ho on the Rialto!” a diplomatic incident begins brewing as soon as the lovely new French ambassador—or is it ambassadress?—arrives in Vulgaria. One of the British delegation is instantly besotted, and about to begin his pursuit when a rival appears in the form of roguish Italian diplomat Bonzo di Porco. As gentlemen, they settle their dispute rationally: with swords. Eight more sharp-witted examples of international relations follow.
“Very funny, impeccably phrased.” —Kirkus Reviews
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