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ADDI LUXEMBOURG on Kindle

In the autumn of 2011 and winter of 2012 I was appointed the writer-in-residence to a foreign embassy in Luxembourg. The small duchy was in the center of Europe. I had lived on the continent during the 1980s. It was good to be back there again. Here’s a small sample of this booklet. On a […]

Dawn Along The Petrusse

Last Sunday dawn rose fast on the City of Luxembourg. Only two days before I had arrived with the sun’s first light on the flight from London and jet lag prevented my sleeping till noon. It was 1AM back in New York. Madame Ambassador was in her bedroom. No other human was in the embassy. […]

A WALK IN FOG by Peter Nolan Smith

On a murky November evening I attended the opening of the “Dream’ exhibition at Luxembourg’s Mudam Museum. Madame l’Ambassador bailed early for a formal dinner. I was not invited for supper. “It’s a diplomatic thingee.” Madame l’Ambassador explained, as we walked through a thickening fog to the waiting Jaguar. “I understand.” A writer-in-residence has to […]

THE BOUQUET OF RUINS by Peter Nolan Smith

Dec 1982 Some cities are best defined by songs such as APRIL IN PARIS or AUTUMN IN NEW YORK, but Hamburg defied music, especially as winter weather skimmed off the North Sea to besiege the harbor city with endless rain, cold, and darkness. Every day the night conquered a few more minutes of light and […]

NIGHT PORTER

The Third Reich had disappeared in 1945, but the images of its death camp horrors have gripped the imagination of filmmakers and holocaust survivors beyond the death of Hitler, but in 1974 Italian director Liliana Cavani explored the reincarnated sadomasochistic relationship between a SS officer and her concentration camp sex slave played by Charlotte Rampling. […]