Search Results: "Jerzy Pilch"


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A THOUSAND PEACEFUL CITIES by Jerzy Pilch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 6, 2010

"If laughter actually is the best medicine, fortunate readers of this wonderful novel will surely enjoy perfect health for the rest of their days."
A planned political assassination is the central subject of this delightful 1997 novel, the third to reach English translation from its award-winning, highly popular Polish author (The Mighty Angel, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE MIGHTY ANGEL by Jerzy Pilch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2009

"A candid, caustic, intensely human depiction of alcoholism."
Winner of Poland's prestigious NIKE Literary Award, and the second of this important Polish writer's works to be translated into English. Read full book review >

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HIS CURRENT WOMAN by Jerzy Pilch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Sheer entertainment."
A comic allegory about the impossibility of attaining complete freedom arises gracefully from the agreeable muddle of this 1995 novel—by a popular Polish writer who has a bit of the early Milan Kundera in him. Read full book review >

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MY FIRST SUICIDE by Jerzy Pilch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2012

"It's hard to do justice to the outré and eccentric but gorgeous quality of Pilch's prose. Here he manages to pull off some neat literary tricks, frequently and self-consciously undermining the seriousness of his subjects with pricks of irony."
A set of loosely concatenated stories that don't quite add up to a novel but are nonetheless rich in character and in the exploration of contemporary urban life in Poland. Read full book review >

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Released: April 30, 1993

"Colorful yet contemplative, Peterkiewicz's story of remarkable recovery from loss and displacement is ensured an honored place among ÇmigrÇ chronicles. (Illustrations)"
A reflective, often poignant memoir of a youth spent in Poland and of a new life begun in Britain after fleeing the Nazi invasion; by ÇmigrÇ novelist, poet, and scholar Peterkiewicz (The Other Side of Silence, 1970). Read full book review >

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BLIND DATE by Jerzy Kosinski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 1977

"But this latest inventory is quick to take hold and hard to shake off."
Once more, with horror, as another Kosinski-an, foreign-born American—George Levanter of "Investors International"—goes out on a taut, unconnected series of international "blind dates" with violence and debasement. Read full book review >

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THE PAINTED BIRD by Jerzy Kosinski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 1965

"It's very hard to take."
In 1939, a six-year-old boy is sent-by his anti-Nazi parents to a remote village in Poland where they believe he will be safe. Read full book review >

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PINBALL by Jerzy Kosinski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1982

"In short: Kosinski's weakest work yet, with some merchandisable sleaze and glitter here and there, but essentially as dreary as it is empty."
Like Passion Play (1979), this enervating novel suggests that Kosinski has reached a creative dead end: recycling his familiar themes and situations, but without the stylish starkness or the sense of danger in his genuinely disturbing early work. Read full book review >

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PASSING BY by Jerzy Kosinski
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 23, 1992

"Despite his intellectuality, Kosinski is not a gripping essayist—though there are some raisins in the cake."
Posthumous gathering of minor articles by Polish-American novelist Kosinski (1933-91). Read full book review >

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COCKPIT by Jerzy Kosinski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 1975

"Even while Tarden is flashing backwards and forwards, the reader feels as if he's marking time."
Closer in character to Steps (its sexuality and violence) than anything Kosinski has done since, this is a vicious peepshow-parable about a world we reluctantly recognize now and then through the eyes of one of those distant narrators as cold as the frozen funds he's accumulated. Read full book review >

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HOLY WEEK by Jerzy Andrzejewski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Skimpy characterizations and a thrown-together ending make for an unsatisfying story, though Andrzejewski's work certainly has value as social history."
The first English translation of this 1945 Polish novel, the author (1909-83) of which is best known for Ashes and Diamonds; both books were made into films directed by the renowned Andrzej Wajda. Read full book review >

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STEPS by Jerzy Kosinski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 1968

What Jerzy Kosinski was saying, and portraying, in The Painted Bird (1965), his semi-autobiographical account of a six year old boy evading the Nazis across the Polish countryside, was agonizingly apparent. Read full book review >