My First Suicide by Jerzy Pilch

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Neither strictly a collection of stories nor a novel, the ten pieces that comprise My First Suicide straddle the line between intimate revelation and drunken confession. By turns nostalgic and poetic, these stories combine irony and humor, anecdote and gossip, love and desire with an irresistibly readable style that is vintage Pilch.

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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 May 15, 2012 by Open Letter. 276 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In “The Double of Tolstoy’s Son-in-Law,” the narrator develops an obsession about an old photograph of Tolstoy playing chess, while in “A Chapter about a Figure Sitting Motionless” the obsession is with Anka Chow Chow, a virginal soccer fan who has a weakness, or perhaps a fetish, for girls with ...

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“When great love comes along,” he notes after fumbling his come-on, “a person always thinks he has fallen in love with the most beautiful woman in the world.

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The beautiful woman to whom he is speaking taunts him with the following question: “A novel is less than a novel, but a volume of short stories is more than a volume of short stories?” Like The Streets of Crocodiles by Pilch’s countryman Bruno Schulz, My First Suicide is not quite a novel proper...

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