mischievous and charming: Patrick Staunton is sufficient of a portrait
artist to recognize trouble in the beautiful wife of his wealthy
employer, and hardly needs the warning of mafia connections from an old
Polish friend. 'Of course you will fall in love with me, I guarantee
it', Natalie Stumpfl tells him at a Frankfurt nightclub, and
remorselessly Staunton is drawn into her scandalous past even as he
begins to understand the roots of his own tangled relationship with
women. He closes his eyes to the murders of his father and girlfriend,
and to the money-laundering activities of his employer, blindly
following Natalie through Spain, the art-world of England and Russia.
Will she leave the husband she despises, or does she despise all men,
allowing only women to be fully intimate with her thoughts?
In stopping his
headlong descent into crime, Staunton crashes the car in which they are
travelling, and is arraigned for attempted murder. A celebrated court
case brings out the shadows of Natalie's past as Staunton tries to
secure the affections of a woman who is both his despair and continuing
Translated from the Sanskrit by C.
The Cloud Messenger is a masterpiece of Sanskrit
literature, and was composed by the court poet Kalidasa some time
before AD 634 in northern India. A Yaksha or nature deity begs a
passing cloud to carry a message across the subcontinent to his
grieving consort in the fabled city of Alaká. Under this fiction,
Kalidasa presents a sympathetic portrait of northern India, and weaves
in the various moods of love traditional in classical Sanskrit poetry.
The version here is taken from the standard 1912 Hultzsch text, and
employs accomplished English verse to render the simple magnificence of
the original while remaining faithful to the meaning. Free.
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