The Island by Gustaw Herling

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Three fictions set in an Italy of abysmal poverty and medieval superstition feature characters who use their wit and compassion to pull themselves out of bizarre situations.
 

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Published January 1, 1994 by Penguin Books. 160 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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These three chronicles, by a Polish writer who has lived for many years near Naples, have an equally hybrid heritage and in a sense are unclassifiable since they owe as much to history and legend and a very realistic form of mysticism as they do, presumably, to the imagination of the author.

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Three short works set in Italy by one of Poland's best-known writers probe the contradictions, rituals and baroque mysteries of the Catholic religion.

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Herling ( A World Apart ), who has lived in Italy for 50 years, sets these pieces in his adopted country, using finely honed prose to summon visions of the past.

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The Polish writer Gustaw Herling has lived in Naples for much of the past 50 years, but these three tales take place in an Italy that is medieval in every sense except the chronological.

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