By Pat Frank
"Alas, Babylon." these fateful phrases heralded the tip. whilst a nuclear holocaust ravages the us, 1000 years of civilization are stripped away in a single day, and hundreds of thousands of individuals are killed immediately. yet for one small city in Florida, miraculously spared, the fight is simply starting, as women and men of all backgrounds sign up for jointly to confront the darkness.
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Since it deals with supernatural happenings and its cast of characters includes a goddess, one cannot, of course, speak of a naturalistic point of view. Rather, it might be called a fairy tale with decidedly naturalistic aspects on one level and an allegory on the other. The legend itself is not original. Mann drew on a theme which had been treated once in Goethe's poem Paria and had, in addition, read a scholarly treatise on it by the Indologist Heinrich Zimmer. The legend responds to the age-old secret wish of every human being "to be somebody else" while still retaining his own consciousness.
Imma's "Sprodigkeit" expresses itself chiefly in her speech, so similar to that which we had previously encountered in The Blood of the Walsungs, where it had served the same purpose: continual defense. The first words which we hear from Imma are: "So one might have supposed," her reply to the chief nurse's explanation that the hospital milk kitchen was used chiefly for the preparation of milk. From then on there is a continuous flow of biting and sarcastic, frequently quite clever, remarks which leave others unable to answer in kind.
Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank