Photo by Joan Marcus

A young, undisciplined American novelist moves to the big, sophisticated city, where he falls in love with a charming and beautiful young woman—his love blinding him to the fact that she is a prostitute. In the shadow of the memory of a terrible war, with another possibly waiting in the future, the city’s demimonde is full of intoxicant-

fueled frivolity, and the writer heartily enjoys the party until his romantic disappointment leads him to understand the moral and aesthetic nihilism at its center, and the malice closing in from its edges. That’s the Roundabout...


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