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ISBN13: 9780982624623
ISBN10: 098262462x
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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 mans 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, Szymeks narrative exudes the profound wisdom of one who has suffered, yet who loves life to the very core.

Review:

"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 member of the Polish resistance and a fun-loving, hard-drinking dandy in mourning over the long-lost peace of prewar village life. Having recently returned to the farm from a lengthy hospitalization following an accident that mangled his legs, Szymus sifts through memories of his family--dead mother and father, three brothers--and the many girls he has known, plans a family tomb, and struggles to preserve the land in the face of rapid change. Richly textured and wonderfully evocative, the novel renders Szymus as a distinctly memorable character, whose humor and hard-earned wisdom lend beauty to a bleak vision of a land destroyed by war and ravaged by history, and whose voice--sometimes warm, sometimes ornery, always elegiac--is undeniably original, his digressions and ruminations forming a story that reminds us that 'words are a great grace. When it comes down to it, what are you given other than words?' (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

A Mark Twainish blend of humor, wisdom, history, and celebration of humanity. Brilliant in both language and spirit.

Synopsis:

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 mans 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, Szymeks narrative exudes the profound wisdom of one who has suffered, yet who loves life to the very core.

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"A hymn in praise of life."

Krysytna Dabrowska

"Stone upon Stone is the first masterpiece in Slavic literature, perhaps even in European literature, in which the fate of the peasant attains the standing of human fate in all its tragic vastness."

Anna Tatarkiewicz

"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. . . . Richly textured and wonderfully evocative, the novel renders Szymus as a distinctly memorable character, whose humor and hard-earned wisdom lend beauty to a bleak vision of a land destroyed by war and ravaged by history, and whose voice--sometimes warm, sometimes ornery, always elegiac--is undeniably original, his digressions and ruminations forming a story that reminds us that 'words are a great grace. When it comes down to it, what are you given other than words?'"

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Richard, January 18, 2012 (view all comments by Richard)
A dazzling, bleak and ornery masterpiece of historical imagining, this book makes you feel like God gazing into the hearts and minds of the Polish peasantry from about 1939-1950, mostly trying to recover from the horrors of WW II. Crammed with head-spinning set pieces, rants, and interior monologues, it takes you through the Polish resistance, petty village politics, the intricacies of farming, the wonder of bread, the drunken and sex-filled frenzy of barn dances, and even a priest's doubt about God and the afterlife. Folk wisdom mixes with superstition and inherent human suspicion, covetousness and greed. This is not a sentimental historical epic--more like Faulkner than Michener.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780982624623
Author:
Mysliwski, Wieslaw
Publisher:
Archipelago Books
Translator:
Johnston, Bill
Author:
Johnston, Bill
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;poland;novel;polish literature
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20101231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
500
Dimensions:
8 x 6 x 2 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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 member of the Polish resistance and a fun-loving, hard-drinking dandy in mourning over the long-lost peace of prewar village life. Having recently returned to the farm from a lengthy hospitalization following an accident that mangled his legs, Szymus sifts through memories of his family--dead mother and father, three brothers--and the many girls he has known, plans a family tomb, and struggles to preserve the land in the face of rapid change. Richly textured and wonderfully evocative, the novel renders Szymus as a distinctly memorable character, whose humor and hard-earned wisdom lend beauty to a bleak vision of a land destroyed by war and ravaged by history, and whose voice--sometimes warm, sometimes ornery, always elegiac--is undeniably original, his digressions and ruminations forming a story that reminds us that 'words are a great grace. When it comes down to it, what are you given other than words?' (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by ,
A Mark Twainish blend of humor, wisdom, history, and celebration of humanity. Brilliant in both language and spirit.
"Synopsis" by , 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 mans 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, Szymeks narrative exudes the profound wisdom of one who has suffered, yet who loves life to the very core.
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