The Last Temptation Author:Joseph Viertel Deborah and Victor Marmorek--the pivotal characters in this tremendous, richly storied novel--were a happy young couple, people of means, education, and taste. Victor was an engineer and at one time a member ofthe Davis Cup team for Czechoslovakia. Deborah was the prettiest girl in Vienna, the daughter of an eminent theatrical entrepreneur. P... more »ampered and sheltered, she dreamed of her future--but never dreamed that in a few years she woul think of herself and her charming friends as "the best-mannered whores, field hands, and corpses in Europe."
In America, she and Victor would probably have lived in a pleasant, rather fashionable suburb. But this was Europe in 1938--and they were ruthlessly stripped of security and pleasure and flung into a world of crushing degradation and fear. They compromised their sould a thousand times a day, yielded to as many temptations, told as many lies--finally to each other--until deceit became a habit, not always noticed but always present. This was the price of survivial.
They fled from Vienna to Prague, then to Rome and finally to
Jerusalem, where they hoped to find peace and recover the decency of their former life. But years of demoralizing hardship had planted strange forces within them--especially in Victor--and these, combined with events they could not control, brought them to a crisis more horrifying than anything in their past experience.« less