Muriel Spark - The Ormolu Clock
BBC Radio 3: Twenty Minutes
Broadcast: Sunday 30th July 2006 @ 7:15 p.m.
To mark the recent death of one of the country's finest novelists and short story writers, Radio 3 presents one of Muriel Spark's
best-known stories, read by Stella Gonet.
"The Ormolu Clock" features a precious timepiece, but more immediately it is about two hotels separated by a path on the Austria / old
Yugoslavia border. The lively, expanding establishment is run by scheming Fra Lublonitsch, while across the way the moribund,
gloomy place is half-run by a gin-soaked Herr Stroh.
When Herr Stroh misbehaves, as he often does after a drink, Frau Lublonitsch is there to administer a very strange kind of punishment,
as the narrator-guest soon finds out.
Abridged and produced by Duncan Minshull. The story first appeared in 'The New Yorker' in 1960.
Read by Stella Gonet.
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