Synopses & Reviews
Pawel Kohoutek, veterinarian and womanizer, looks out the window one morning to see his mistress approaching his house. That's bad. She is hauling her suitcase (containing her books) and her backpack (containing everything else she owns). That's worse. So Kohoutek does the only thing he can: He hides his current woman in the attic of the family slaughterhouse. Farce ensues as Kohoutek attempts to hide the woman from his eccentric family, their lodgers, and various offbeat visitors.
A best-seller in Jerzy Pilch's native Poland, His Current Woman is an enjoyable literary send-up of manners and what often passes for love.
"Wildly entertaining. . . . His Current Woman
is a laugh-out-loud cautionary tale on the discomforts of marriage and the more painful consequences of pleasure." --New York Times
"That this novel is truly hilarious at times is just a bonus. . . . His Current Woman
is an enjoyable little book that whets the appetite for more." --Review of Contemporary Fiction
"Comic and greatly entertaining." --Library Journal
"Sheer entertainment." --Kirkus
Dr. Pawel Kohoutek, veterinarian and womanizer, looks out the window one morning to see his mistress approaching his house. Farce ensues as Kohoutek attempts to hide the woman from his eccentric family, the family's lodgers, and various offbeat visitors. The woman, expecting love and children and a future, does not make things easy. As he frantically runs around trying to keep her a secret, Kohoutek's memories -- mostly involuntary and (in true postmodern fashion) of questionable accuracy -- reveal in hilarious detail the life and crises of a hapless libertine and the forces that created him.
About the Author
Jerzy Pilch has been called the "hope of young Polish prose" by Czeslaw Milosz. He is the author of several novels. His Current Woman is his first novel to be translated into English. He lives in Warsaw.
Bill Johnson is an assistant professor at Indiana University. His recent translations include Stefan Zeromski's The Faithful River and Boleslaw Prus's The Sins of Childhood and Other Stories, both published by Northwestern University Press.