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POST-WAR   AUSTRIAN  WRITERS                    535

'Evelyne - Martine'. As they wind their way back over the desert,
the urges of her awakened senses take shape: 'Lass mch em Kind
krieger? rises to her conscious mind. The end, therefore, fore-
shadows a happy married life. We realize, as we close the book,
that the desert is life as we know it; but at the base of our con-
sciousness is also the Urheimaf, the life of Adam and Eve which
Christopher has relived in his hallucinated dreams. We are for
ever pursued by the hyenas of evil, but we struggle on to reach
Hassi el emel (Arabic for Veil of hope'), the oasis of happiness.