People Meet and Sweet Music Fills the Heart

(Fiction; Dell, 1969)


The story goes that, after winning the Danish Academy Prize for Literature, as well as a sizable sum of kroner, Jens August Schade was asked by journalists what he would do with his windfall. “Travel the world,” Schade responded. Embarking by ferry to Sweden, he joyfully bought drinks for everyone on board. He enjoyed the hour-long ride so much that he decided to stay on for the return trip. “Such revelry is not had every day of one’s life,” Schade must have told himself, eventually spending all his prize money on ferry rides to and from the Swedish shore, buying rounds for tourists, businessmen, and sailors.

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