A Mass for Arras by Andrzej Szczypiorski

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In 1461, Jan enthusiastically participates in the persecution of the Jews and witches blamed for an outbreak of plague and famine, but the burgeoning violence threatens Jan himself as he faces choices that have allegorical links to contemporary issues.

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Andrzej Szczypiorski is a Polish novelist and playwright who uses wit, melancholy and a rare understanding of human nature to portray the political and social realities of Eastern Europe over the last turbulent fifty years. He calls on his own experience as a fighter in the Polish Resistance, a participant in the Warsaw uprising of 1944, and a German prisoner of war in his novel The Beautiful Mrs. Seidenman. He combines rich character studies with historical accuracy to create a poignant look at life under Nazi rule. Self-Portrait with Woman moves the clock up several decades to look at the malaise of post-communist Poland. Once again, history's effect on individuals creates a bittersweet picture by a master storyteller. Andrzej Szczypiorski's work has been compared to that of Milan Kundera. He stands with Kundera as one of the most important writers of Eastern Europe.
Published July 1, 1993 by Grove Pr. 188 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A medieval outbreak of witch-burning and anti-Semitism provides the basis for Polish novelist Szczypiorski's ( The Beautiful Mrs. Seidenman ) stunning political allegory of the ever-present danger of

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Jan recoils from his mentor, Father Albert, a proto-fascist demagogue, but when his other role model, David, Bishop of Utrecht, absolves all citizens of their sins, Jan recognizes the horrifying consequences of unquestioning acceptance of authority.

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