Stone Upon Stone by Wieslaw Mysliwski

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A masterpiece of postwar Polish literature, Stone Upon Stone is Wies?aw My?liwski¢s grand epic in The rural tradition — a profound and irreverent stream of memory cutting through the rich and varied terrain of one man’s connection to the land, to his family and community, to women, to tradition, to God, to death, and to what it means to be alive. Wise and impetuous, plainspoken and compassionate Szymek, recalls his youth in their village, his time as a guerrilla soldier, as a wedding official, barber, policeman, lover, drinker, and caretaker for his invalid brother. Filled with interwoven stories and voices, by turns hilarious and moving, Szymek’s narrative exudes the profound wisdom of one who has suffered, yet who loves life to the very core.

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Wieslaw Mysliwski (b.1932) won the Nike Award (the Polish equivalent of the Booker Prize) TWICE (!) for Widnokrag [Horizon] (1996) and Traktat o luskaniu fasoli [The Treatise for Shelling Beans] (2006)--forthcoming from Archipelago. In his novels and plays Mysliwski concentrates on life in the Polish countryside. His voice is utterly unique, at once colloquial and thoughtful, questioning and wise. Bill Johnston is Director of the Polish Studies Center at Indiana University. His translations include Gustaw Herling's The Noonday Cemetery and Other Stories (New Directions, 2003), Jerzy Pilch's His Current Woman (Grove, 2002), and Stefan Zeromski's The Faithful River (Northwestern, 1999). In 1999 he received a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship for Translation. In 2008 he won the inaugural Found in Translation award for Tadeusz Rózewicz's new poems, to be presented yearly to the translator of the finest Polish-English literary translation of the year.
Published November 4, 2013 by Archipelago. 500 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The world is moving on, warns the party functionary who refuses to approve his request for cement to build a tomb (that’s not on the list of approved uses): “You can’t live with a peasant soul any more.” But the flow of salty, earthy talk from Szymek, his family and fellow villagers suggests that...

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Like a more agrarian Beckett, a less gothic Faulkner, a slightly warmer Laxness, Mysliwski masterfully renders in Johnston's gorgeous translation (Mysliwski's first into English) life in a Polish farming village before and after WWII through the eyes of Szymus Pietruszka, a seven-times–wounded ...

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Rather, here modern master Wieslaw Mysliwski reveals the life of a man and the lives he touches through accretion—not chronologically yet word upon word, “stone upon stone, on stone a stone,” in the words of the protagonist’s favorite Polish folk song—with the greatest secrets lying deep within, ...

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Stone Upon Stone is the first-person narration of the fictional life of Szymek Pietruszka, a Polish farmer living during and after World War II.

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