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The Polish Complex

The Polish Complex( )
Author: Konwicki, Tadeusz
Introduction by: Lourie, Richard
Translator: Lourie, Richard
Series title:American Literature (Dalkey Archive) Ser.
Publication Date:Nov 1998
Publisher:Dalkey Archive Press
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $12.95
Book Description:

The Polish Complex takes place on Christmas Eve, from early morning until late in the evening, as a line of people (including the narrator, whose name is Konwicki) stand and wait in front of a jewelry store in Warsaw. Through the narrator we are told of what happens among those standing in line outside this store, what happens as the narrator's mind thinks and rants about the current state of Poland, and what happens as he imagines the failed Polish rebellion of 1863. The novel's form...
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Book Details
Detailed Subjects: Fiction / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.52 x 8.51 x 0.6 Inches
Book Weight:0.58 Pounds
Author Biography
Konwicki, Tadeusz (Author)
Tadeusz Konwicki was born on June 22, 1926 in Nowa Wilejka, Wilenskie, Poland. He was raised by extended family because his father died when he was three years old and his mother was persistently ailing. With the outbreak of World War II, he was forced to leave high school when the Nazis forbade Poles to attend school. He finished his class work clandestinely. He was conscripted into a Nazi labor force and worked clearing a forest before escaping and joining the resistance movement.

After the war, he studied in Krakow and then in Warsaw but never graduated from college. He became a reporter and critic, writing mainly about film, and began to write short stories and novels. His novels included The Hole in the Sky, The Dreambook of Our Time, The Polish Complex, and A Minor Apocalypse, which is required reading for all Polish high school students. He was also a filmmaker. His film Last Day of Summer won the Grand Prix at the International Festival of Documentary and Short Feature Films in Venice. He died on January 7, 2015 at the age of 88.


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