Death in Danzig by Stefan Chwin

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Germans flee the besieged city of Danzig in 1945. Poles driven out of eastern regions controlled by the Russians move into the homes hastily abandoned by their previous inhabitants. In an area of the city graced with beech trees and a stately cathedral, the stories of old and new residents intertwine: Hanemann, a German and a former professor of anatomy, who chooses to stay in Danzig after the mysterious death of his lover; the Polish family of the narrator, driven out of Warsaw; and a young Carpathian woman who no longer has a country, her cheerful nature concealing deep wounds.

Through his brilliantly defined characters, stunning evocation of place, and memorable descriptions of a world that was German but survives in Polish households, Chwin has created a reality that is beyond destruction.


About Stefan Chwin

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A literary critic, essayist, novelist, and illustrator, Stefan Chwin is one of the most acclaimed writers in Europe today. Death in Danzig is his first novel to be translated into English. He lives and teaches in Gdansk, Poland.
Published November 1, 2004 by Harcourt. 272 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, War. Fiction

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The first English translation of renowned Polish novelist Chwin is a portrait of the bitter history of Danzig, the German city in Poland that suffered as much from the peace of 1945 as from the war that preceded it.

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Death in Danzig by Stefan Chwin translated by Philip Boehm 266pp, Secker & Warburg, £16.99 I once came up with the notion - on the basis of an experience I don't want to go into now - that the English are perfectly happy to put up with translations of foreign books, as long as they involve one ty...

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