By Péter Nádas
First released in Hungary in 1986 after a five-year conflict with censors, Péter Nádas's A ebook of stories is a latest vintage, a multi-layered narrative that tells 3 parallel tales of affection and betrayal. the 1st happens in East Berlin within the Seventies and lines an unnamed Hungarian author ensnared in a love triangle with a tender German and a well-known getting older actress. the second one, composed via the author, is the tale of a past due 19th century German aesthete whose studies replicate his personal. And the 3rd voice is that of a pal from the writer's youth, who brings his personal unforeseen bearing to the tale. in comparison via critics to Proust, Mann, and Joyce, this sensuous travel de strength is "unquestionably a masterpiece"
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Since the Exclusive Agreements had forbidden the rulers to have diplomatic relations with any country other than Britain, the political resident and his staff were the only foreign diplomats stationed in Bahrain, Qatar, and the Trucial States. Therefore, the political residency Structural Foundations 17 was not only the coordinating point of every contact between the local rulers and the British Government but also ultimately the very small window through which the rulers were obliged to channel their communications with the outside world.
65 Fearing that the search for oil resources might encourage foreign intervention in the Persian Gulf,66 and in order to control exploitation of the area’s natural resources and to keep out undesired potential rivals, the British Government proceeded to extract new agreements from the local rulers. 69 The Ruler of Qatar did not explicitly surrender his right to give away oil concessions. However, the treaty of 3 November 1916 that formally extended Britain’s protection over Qatar included a provision that concerned concessions in general, according to which the ruler agreed not to give monopolies, concessions or cable landing rights to anyone without British approval.
103 Initially the Amir of Kuwait received payments from the oil companies in Indian rupees, the ofﬁcial currency in the Persian Gulf at that time, but from 1950 he agreed to receive his oil revenues in sterling. 105 Their oil reserves provided both states with important sources of income but could not be compared in any way to Kuwait’s resources. Qatar’s oil production in 1960 amounted to 8 million tons, which was a tenth of Kuwait’s output in the same year. 106 However, the picture in the Persian Gulf changed signiﬁcantly in 1958, when oil was ﬁrst discovered in commercial quantities off the coast of Abu Dhabi, followed by even greater ﬁndings on the mainland.