Thursday, 25 December 2014

Dives and Lazarus

Fiction ~ short story
First published in The New Statesman and Nation, 12th August 1939
Collected in Sea Mist and Other Stories (2005)
(First read 25/12/2014)

A straightforward tale of body-swap reincarnation.  'Dives' is a super-rich banker; 'Lazarus' is a Neapolitan beggar.  The two men die within 24 hours of one another; when asked, in the rather weird 'waiting-room' of the next world, what they would like to be reincarnated as, Dives chooses to be a Neapolitan beggar, Lazarus a super-rich banker.
That's it.
Yes, really.

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