The Ormolu Clock
by Muriel Spark

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.

20 min.


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