By John Biggins
During this ironic, hilarious, and poignant tale, Otto Prohaska is a submarine captain serving the almost-landlocked Austro-Hungarian Empire. He faces a number of not going situations, from petrol poisoning to exploding bathrooms to trigger-happy Turks. All symptoms element to the full cave in of the bloated empire he serves, yet Otto refuses to desert the Habsburgs of their hour of desire.
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We were quite unobserved there in the little garden. In the distance pots and pans were clattering in the kitchen, while from an open upstairs window in the house there came the characteristic sound of two elderly Poles arguing—curiously soothing at this distance, like a ball being whacked to and fro on a tennis court. The bees hummed among the flowers in the unaccustomed sunshine and stillness of the air, while from far away there came the sound of the Atlantic waves breaking on the beach in Pengadog Bay and the faint chickering of a tractor working among the bracken on the side of Cefn Gaerllwydd.
G’won then, you wasn’t. ” Kevin gave me a look of even greater bewilderment and suspicion, though mixed with increasing interest. “You—a U-Boat captain? But I thought you was a Pole, not a German. ” He abandoned his work and came over to sit on the low stone wall next to me, entirely baffled by the complexities of European history. He looked me straight in the face with the air of a prosecuting counsel determined to worm out the truth. ” “Yes,” I replied, rather enjoying this little argument, “I take your point.
No doubt you are wondering for what purpose I have rousted you out of your hammocks and brought you out here on this fine spring 58 John Big gins morning. So I shall keep you in suspense no longer. The truth is that I have noticed a certain timidity among you these past two weeks, and in particular a strong reluctance to take this boat of ours below thirty metres even though you know damned well that she is safe to forty-five. Now, this is the twentieth century and I am no wooden-headed martinet.