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A Thousand Peaceful Cities

By Jerzy Pilch, David Frick

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Format: Paperback, 143 pages
Published In: United States, 01 July 2010
A comic gem, Jerzy Pilchs A Thousand Peaceful Cities takes place in 1963, in the latter days of the Polish post-Stalinist thaw. The narrator, Jerzyk (little Jerzy), is a teenager who is keenly interested in his father, a retired postal administrator, and his fathers closest friend, Mr. Tr?ba, a failed Lutheran clergyman, alcoholic, would-be Polish insurrectionist, and one of the wildest literary characters since Sternes Uncle Toby. One drunken afternoon, Mr. Tr?ba and the narrators nameless father decide to take charge of their lives and do one final good turn for humanity: travel to distant Warsaw and assassinate the de facto Polish head of state, First Secretary of the Polish United Workers Party, W?adys?aw Gomu?kaassassinating Mao Tse-tung, after all, would be impractical. And they decide to involve Jerzyk in their scheme . . .

About the Author

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 numerous languages.David Frick is a professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Berkeley.

Reviews

..".it is the grotesquery of Pilch's buffoonery that makes A Thousand Peaceful Cities such an urbane pleasure."--Steven G. Kellman, Barnes and Nobles Review"A mind-bending romp by Polish journalist and novelist Jerzy Pilch, miraculously translated by David Frick and published this month by Open Letter."--Anne Kjellberg, Little StarWhile the idea of a quixotic assassination attempt as rite of passage seems ridiculous, it offers Pilch -- a prize-winning Polish novelist and newspaper columnist -- a way to get at the absurdity of politics, the unbridgeable gap between public and private life."--David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times"Jerzy Pilch, author of The Mighty Angel, has written a moving, bittersweet meditation on family, responsibility, and the passage of time."--Rebecca Oppenheimer, Howard County Times..".the unruly, wonderfully erudite, and hilariously surreal product of a boisterous imagination set loose."--Valentina Zanca, Words Without Borders"[Pilch] slashes mercilessly at the holy of holiest of his own nation. He ridicules its virtues and its shortcomings; he spares neither hero nor villain."--Sally Boss, The Sarmatian Review"With his latest, Pilch masterfully negotiates sentiment with a clear-eyed vision of his autobiographical narrator's shortcomings and disappointments, suggesting a Dubliners set in Krakow."--Publishers Weekly (starred) ..".it is the grotesquery of Pilch's buffoonery that makes A Thousand Peaceful Cities such an urbane pleasure."--Steven G. Kellman, Barnes and Nobles Review "A mind-bending romp by Polish journalist and novelist Jerzy Pilch, miraculously translated by David Frick and published this month by Open Letter."--Anne Kjellberg, Little Star While the idea of a quixotic assassination attempt as rite of passage seems ridiculous, it offers Pilch -- a prize-winning Polish novelist and newspaper columnist -- a way to get at the absurdity of politics, the unbridgeable gap between public and private life."--David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times "Jerzy Pilch, author of "The Mighty Angel," has written a moving, bittersweet meditation on family, responsibility, and the passage of time."--Rebecca Oppenheimer, Howard County Times ..".the unruly, wonderfully erudite, and hilariously surreal product of a boisterous imagination set loose."--Valentina Zanca, Words Without Borders "[Pilch] slashes mercilessly at the holy of holiest of his own nation. He ridicules its virtues and its shortcomings; he spares neither hero nor villain."--Sally Boss, The Sarmatian Review ..".it is the grotesquery of Pilch s buffoonery that makes A Thousand Peaceful Cities such an urbane pleasure."Steven G. Kellman, "Barnes and Nobles Review" "A mind-bending romp by Polish journalist and novelist Jerzy Pilch, miraculously translated by David Frick and published this month by Open Letter."Anne Kjellberg, "Little Star" While the idea of a quixotic assassination attempt as rite of passage seems ridiculous, it offers Pilch a prize-winning Polish novelist and newspaper columnist a way to get at the absurdity of politics, the unbridgeable gap between public and private life."David L. Ulin, "Los Angeles Times" "Jerzy Pilch, author of "The Mighty Angel," has written a moving, bittersweet meditation on family, responsibility, and the passage of time."Rebecca Oppenheimer, "Howard County Times" ..".the unruly, wonderfully erudite, and hilariously surreal product of a boisterous imagination set loose."Valentina Zanca, "Words Without Borders" "[Pilch] slashes mercilessly at the holy of holiest of his own nation. He ridicules its virtues and its shortcomings; he spares neither hero nor villain."Sally Boss, "The Sarmatian Review""

EAN: 9781934824276
ISBN: 1934824275
Publisher: Open Letter Books
Dimensions: 21.79 x 14.07 x 1.19 centimeters (0.20 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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