A Thousand Peaceful Cities by Jerzy Pilch

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One drunken afternoon, Mr. Traba and the narrator’s father decide to take charge of their lives and do one final good turn for humanity: travel to distant Warsaw and assassinate the de facto Polish head of state, First Secretary of the Polish Communist Party. And they decide to involve the narrator, the child Jerzyk in their plans . . .
 

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Jerzy Pilch is one of Poland's most important contemporary writers and journalists. In addition to his long-running satirical newspaper column. Pilch has published several novels, and has been nominated for Poland's prestigious Nike Literary Award four times; he finally won the Award in 2001 for The Mighty Angel. His novels have been translated into many languages, and in 2002, Northwestern University Press published His Current Woman, Pilch's only other book in English translation. David Frick is a Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Berkeley.
 
Published July 15, 2010 by Open Letter. 143 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Meanwhile, we’re made privy to the secret thoughts of reluctant fellow anarchist Jerzyk, who’s more interested in lusting after a pair of lissome upstairs boarders, while simultaneously laboring to dream chastely of the older girl he declares “the angel of my first love,” and enduring female repr...

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“The books we tend to publish, and the ones I like personally, seem to confront what I think is a universal question: How do you engage with a world that you can’t change?” says Edward Van Lanen, the editor of Open Book’s translation of the acclaimed Polish author Jerzy Pilch’s 1997 classic, A Th...

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And now … I intend to do something for the world as long as I'm still here, something which — I won't hide the fact — will relieve the monotony of the final act of my existence on this vale of tears."

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Partial to bombastic epithets, Jerzy repeatedly refers to the married woman he develops a crush on as “the angel of my first love” and the server in a pastry shop as “the most beautiful waitress in the world.” He has much in common with the Jerzy who narrates The Mighty Angel, the Jerzy Pilch no...

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One drunken afternoon, Mr. Trąba and the narrator’s nameless father decide to take charge of their lives and do one final good turn for humanity: travel to distant Warsaw and assassinate the de facto Polish head of state, First Secretary of the Polish United Workers’ Party, Władysław Gomułka—assa...

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Tottenville Review

The poems in Rebecca Morgan Frank’s debut collection Little Murders Everywhere bring to mind the former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky’s assertion that all poetry is meant to be read out loud, to be savored on the tongue.

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