Rat by Andrzej Zaniewski

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A powerful and graphic description of the life of a rat, journeying through a world controlled by modern human civilization, as it struggles for survival becomes a striking metaphor about society, its laws, its myths, and its truths.

About Andrzej Zaniewski

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Andrzej Zaniewski is currently dean of the Warsaw College of Literature and vice president of the Polish Writers Association.
Published September 9, 1994 by Arcade Publishing. 176 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The rat, as rats go, is believable enough- -horrifying, in other words--but there's not much that can be done with him other than to get him (rather incredibly) onto various trains and boats or into secret passageways that provide a change of scene for the most brutishly circumscribed of existences.

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His is a life of constant fear, hunting and foraging, beset by dangers--cats, traps, cars, other rats and, above all, people, ``our greatest enemies.'' In relating this saga of struggles and wanderings, Polish poet and teacher Zaniewski aims to enlist sympathy for rats and to expose human arrogan...

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