Memoirs of a Wild Goose
By: Charles Bewley
Highly personal memoirs by Irish diplomats are rare, and those with the quality of fictional autobiography by George Moore, Brendan Behan and Francis Stuart are rarer still. These remarkable reminisces of a man who served his country in Germany and Italy during the first two decades of Ireland’s independence tell the story of ‘an exotic individual cast by the oddest circumstances into a minor role on the world stage’.
Writing with mordant detail in this artfully constructed narrative, Bewley moves from set-piece accounts of 1916 Dublin, the 1923 Congress of the Irish Race in Paris, the 132 International Eucharistic Congress and the Nuremburg Rally of 1933, go revealing portraits of Eamon de Valera, Sir Neville Henderson and his colleagues in the Diplomatic Corps, and sketches of life among the facist elite of Hitler’s Third Reich.
CHARLES HENRY BEWLEY was born in Dublin in 1888 and died in Rome in 1969. In addition to this posthumous autobiography he is author of two published works, Ladies and Gentlemen (Berlin 1944), a volume of satirical short stories, and Herman Goering and the Third Reich (Berlin 1956, New York 1962), a biography.