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Killing Auntie


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  • About the Author

    Andrzej Bursa was born in 1934 in Krakow, Poland, and died twenty-five years later of a heart attack. In his brief lifetime he composed some of the most original Polish writing of the 20th century. Killing Auntie is his only novel. His brilliant career and tragic early death established him as a cult figure among restless and disenchanted youth.


    "Deliciously wicked ... readers will also find plenty to enjoy (one sequence of unwitting cannibalism is particularly memorable)."--Publishers Weekly "Fast-moving and witty in style and tone, this novel is one not soon forgotten."--World Literature Today "There's considerable charm to Bursa's clever variation on the story of youth seeking purpose ... A nicely off-beat little novel."--The Complete Review "The haunting theme of the novel may bring to mind Dostoevsky, but its macabre originality is strictly that of the author ... Andrzej Bursa emerges from the pages ... as a provocative, interesting, original and highly talented though always angry young man."--World Literature Today "Dead at 25 in 1957, the Polish postwar firebrand Andrzej Bursa acquired a reputation as a quick-burning, existentially tormented rebel ... Yet Bursa's dark humor and deadpan satire -- finely captured here by translator Wiesiek Powaga -- keep utter bleakness at bay."--The Independent "A revolution against the banality of everyday life."--Gazeta Krakowska

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