His Current Woman by Jerzy Pilch
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Pawel Kohoutek, veterinarian and womanizer, looks out the window one morning to see his mistress approaching his house. That's bad. She is hauling her suitcase (containing her books) and her backpack (containing everything else she owns). That's worse. So Kohoutek does the only thing he can: He hides his current woman in the attic of the family slaughterhouse. Farce ensues as Kohoutek attempts to hide the woman from his eccentric family, their lodgers, and various offbeat visitors. A best-seller in Jerzy Pilch's native Poland, His Current Woman is an enjoyable literary send-up of what often passes for love.
 

About Jerzy Pilch

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Jerzy Pilch has been called the "hope of young Polish prose" by Czeslaw Milosz. He is the author of several novels. His Current Woman is his first novel to be translated into English. He lives in Warsaw. Bill Johnson is an assistant professor at Indiana University. His recent translations include Stefan Zeromski's The Faithful River and Boleslaw Prus's The Sins of Childhood and Other Stories, both published by Northwestern University Press.
 
Published April 17, 2002 by Northwestern University Press. 131 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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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.

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Pilch, who writes eloquent and witty prose beautifully rendered into English by Johnston's translation, brings his confused characters' interior lives to the fore in great, flowing, humorous monologues.

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