Miss Nobody by Tomek Tryzna

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Marysia Kawczak is a fifteen-year-old girl growing up in the grey flatlands of Poland, where she feels she is predestined to become--like her mother--a house-slave, "a 210-pound lump of fat with varicose veins." At the age of fifteen, Marysia moves with her parents to the nearest big city. It is here that she meets two streetwise girls, Kasia and Eva, who--each in her own way--begin to teach her the secrets of life. Marysia's drab life suddenly gains color, as she discovers not only the ostensible ways of the world, but also the subtler experiences of love, sex, desire, passion, and--finally, in the novel's breathtaking conclusion--betrayal.

Combining elements of straightforward contemporary fiction, the metaphysical, fairytales, and the epic, richly layered styles of Dostoevsky, Flaubert, and Mann (to whom many international critics have compared him), Tomek Tryzna has made an astonishing literary debut.

About Tomek Tryzna

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Joanna Trzeciak's translations include Miracle Fair: SelectedPoems of Wis awa Szymborska, winnerof the Heldt Translation Prize. She lives inCleveland, Ohio.
Published December 29, 1998 by Doubleday. 304 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The exotic Kasia’s complacent iconoclasm quickly becomes Marysia’s refuge from a home life dominated by “a father who is a drunk and a mother who is a smoker” (as well as grotesquely overweight), as does the impressionable newcomer’s subsequent friendship with Eva Bogdaj, a phlegmatic daredevil w...

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Marysia's painful awakening and the erratic behavior of her new friends, Kasia and Eva, reveal the complexities of growing up in a crumbling social and economic structure in which everything seems to have a price, in U.S. dollars.

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