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KILLING THE SECOND DOG

KILLING THE SECOND DOG

New Vessel Press , March 2014

by Marek Hlasko
 
PHANTOMS OF BRESLAU

PHANTOMS OF BRESLAU

Melville International Crime , January 2014

by Marek Krajewski
 
KOPENHAGA

KOPENHAGA

Zephyr Press , December 2013

by Grzegorz Wroblewski
 
A TREATISE ON SHELLING BEANS

A TREATISE ON SHELLING BEANS

Archipelago Books , December 2013

by Wieslaw Mysliwski
 
THE GRAVEYARD

THE GRAVEYARD

Melville House , December 2013

by Marek Hlasko
 
POLISH LITERATURE IN TRANSFORMATION

POLISH LITERATURE IN TRANSFORMATION

Lit Verlag , November 2013

Edited by Ursula Phillips with the assistance of Knut Andreas Grimstad and Kris Van Heuckelom
 
BEAUTIFUL TWENTYSOMETHINGS

BEAUTIFUL TWENTYSOMETHINGS

Northern Illinois University Press , October 2013

by Marek Hlasko
 
MALVINA, OR THE HEART’S INTUITION

MALVINA, OR THE HEART’S INTUITION

Northern Illinois University Press , April 2013

by Maria Wirtemberska
The first major novel by a Polish woman (1816)
 
COLONIES

COLONIES

Zephyr Press , April 2013

by Tomasz Rozycki
Contemporary poetry
 
RYSZARD KAPUSCINSKI: A LIFE

RYSZARD KAPUSCINSKI: A LIFE

Verso , April 2013

by Artur Domoslawski
Biography of the great war journalist
 
VERA GRAN: THE ACCUSED

VERA GRAN: THE ACCUSED

Alfred A. Knopf , March 2013

by Agata Tuszynska
Story of a Warsaw Ghetto singer accused of collaboration
 
STORY OF A SECRET STATE

STORY OF A SECRET STATE

Georgetown University Press , March 2013

by Jan Karski
Memoir by the legendary courier who tried to stop the Holocaust
 
DEATH IN BRESLAU

DEATH IN BRESLAU

Melville House , December 2012

by Marek Krajewski
Crime fiction set in prewar Breslau
 
COLD SEA STORIES

COLD SEA STORIES

Comma Press , December 2012

by Pawel Huelle
Contemporary short stories by the author of "Who Was David Weizer?"
 
SATURN

SATURN

Dedalus Books , November 2012

by Jacek Dehnel
Novel inspired by the life of Francisco Goya
 
White Fever

White Fever

Portobello Books , October 2012

by Jacek Hugo-Bader
Travelogue from Siberia
 
Nowolipie Street

Nowolipie Street

DL Books , May 2012

by Jozef Hen
Memoir of Jewish Warsaw
 
My First Suicide

My First Suicide

Open Letter Books , May 2012

by Jerzy Pilch
Memoir, satire, social commentary
 
I Burn Paris

I Burn Paris

Twisted Spoon Press , April 2012

by Bruno Jasienski
Futurist novel, first published in 1928
 
The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery

The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery

Aquila Polonica , February 2012

by Witold Pilecki
A Polish Underground spy in Auschwitz
 
God's Horse and The Atheists' School

God's Horse and The Atheists' School

Northwestern University Press , February 2012

by Wilhelm Dichter
An autobiographical novel of life in Communist Poland
 
The Night Wanderers: Uganda's Children and the Lord's Resistance Army

The Night Wanderers: Uganda's Children and the Lord's Resistance Army

Seven Stories Press , February 2012

by Wojciech Jagielski
Reportage about child soldiers in Uganda
 
Lovely, Human, True, Heartfelt

Lovely, Human, True, Heartfelt: The Letters Of Alina Szapocznikow and Ryszard Stanislawski, 1948-1971

Museum of Modern Art Warsaw , January 2012

by Alina Szapocznikow and Ryszard Stanislawski
20th-century sculptor and distingushed art critic
 
Poems

Poems

Archipelago Books , December 2011

by Cyprian Kamil Norwid
Poetry from the Late Romantic period
 
In Red

In Red

Archipelago Books , November 2011

by Magdalena Tulli
Experimental fiction
 
Entanglement

Entanglement

Bitter Lemon Press , October 2011

A superb procedural crime novel of revenge from Poland...
—Blogcritics.org

Part procedural, part puzzle, part secret-police intrigue, and in the end, a coherent whole that's funny, engaging, and even profound...
—International Noir Blogspot
 
On the Road to Babadag: Travels in the Other Europe

On the Road to Babadag: Travels in the Other Europe

Harcourt , October 2011

by Andrzej Stasiuk
Personal travel narrative
 
HERE

HERE

Harcourt , September 2011

Often, Szymborska's poems re-create the fleeting instant when disbelief is in suspension and an act of the imagination can take place. – Dana Goodyear, Los Angeles Times
 
Solaris: The Definitive Edition

Solaris: The Definitive Edition

by Stanislaw Lem
Audible , June 2011

Few are [Lem's] peers in poetic expression, in word play, and in imaginative and sophisticated sympathy.
- Kurt Vonnegut

[Lem was] a giant of mid-20th-century science fiction, in a league with Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov and Philip K. Dick.
- The New York Times
 
Uprooted:  How Breslau Became Wroc?aw During the Century of Expulsions

Uprooted: How Breslau Became Wroclaw During the Century of Expulsions

Princeton University Press , January 2011

by Gregor Thum
History of modern Wroclaw
 
Stone Upon Stone

Stone Upon Stone

Archipelago Books , January 2011

by Wieslaw Mysliwski
Contemporary rural epic
 
Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

by Timothy Snyder
Basic Books , October 2010

Mass killing in Europe is usually associated with the Holocaust, and the Holocaust with rapid and industrial killing. The image is too simple and clean….

No matter which technology was used, the killing was personal. People who starved were observed, often from watchtowers, by those who denied them food. People who were shot were seen through the sights of rifles at very close range, or held by two men while a third placed a pistol at the base of the skull. People who were asphyxiated were rounded up, put on trains, and then rushed into the gas chambers. They lost their possessions and then their clothes and then, if they were women, their hair. Each one of them died a different death, since each one of them had lived a different life.

-Timothy Snyder, Bloodlands.
 
Becoming Metropolitan: Urban Selfhood and the Making of Modern Cracow

Becoming Metropolitan: Urban Selfhood and the Making of Modern Cracow

Northern Illinois University Press , August 2010

by Nathaniel D. Wood
A history of modern Cracow
 
Fado z ramka

Fado

by Andrzej Stasiuk
translated by Bill Johnston
Dalkey Archive Press , April 2010

Stasiuk, exploring a region that so many have assumed to be irresistibly converging with the West, has mapped what Freud might have called its ‘genetic memory.’ - Benjamin Moser, Harper’s Magazine
 
Katyn-Stalin's Massacre and the Triumph of Truth

Katyn: Stalin's Massacre and the Triumph of Truth

Northern Illinois University Press , March 2010

by Allen Paul
History of the Katyn massacre
 
New Europe: Plays from the Continent -copy

New Europe: Plays from the Continent

by  Bonnie Marranca and Malgorzata Semil (editors)
PAJ Publications , January 2010

The first U.S. play collection to feature work from several countries on the European continent in the post-1989 era includes Malgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk’s The Squirrel-Man. Seven plays explore issues of terrorism, immigration, youth, globalization, families, and post-communist culture in the years since the fall of the Berlin Wall and expansion of the European Union.
 
Dramaturgy of the Real on the World Stage

Dramaturgy of the Real on the World Stage

Palgrave Macmillan , January 2010

Published, in part, through a grant from the Polish Cultural Institute in New York.

Essays, interviews and performance texts on international documentary theatre.

Polish contributions include essays on the history of documentary theater in Poland by Agnieszka Sowinska and Joanna Ostrowska, as well as the texts of two Polish plays: The Files by the Theatre of the Eighth Day and Burn Your House Down by Pawel Demirski, along with an interview with Demirski by Pawel Sztarbowski, We’re not Hyenas.
 
Poland’s Angry Romantic: <br>Two Poems And a Play by Juliusz Slowacki -copy

Poland’s Angry Romantic:
Two Poems And a Play by Juliusz Slowacki

by Juliusz Slowacki
edited and translated by Peter Cochran, Bill Johnston, Miroslawa Modrzewska, and Catherine O’Neil

Cambridge Scholars Publishing , November 2009

New translations of three key works by Poland’s great Romantic bard: his meditative poem Agamemnon's Tomb, and his hilarious mock-epic Beniowski, in the style of Byron's Don Juan.
 
The New Century

The New Century

Northwestern University Press , November 2009

by Ewa Lipska
Contemporary poetry
 
Little Chopin

Little Chopin

by Michal Rusinek
translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones
The Fryderyk Chopin Institute , November 2009

A wonderful gift for the budding musician or composer in your family!
 
Pornografia

Pornografia

by Witold Gombrowicz
translated by Danuta Borchardt
Grove Press , November 2009

First translation directly from Polish of this modernist masterpiece!

Gombrowicz's strange, bracing final novel probes the divide between young and old while providing a grotesque evocation of obsession. – Publishers Weekly
 
Playwrights Before the Fall:<br> Eastern European Drama in Times of Revolution

Playwrights Before the Fall:
Eastern European Drama in Times of Revolution

by Daniel Gerould (editor)
Martin E. Segal Theatre Center , November 2009

This first multi-author international anthology of Eastern European plays to appear in English includes Slawomir Mrozek’s Portrait, as well as plays by Karel Steigerwald, Gyorgy Spiró, Matei Visniec, and Dušan Jovanovic.
 
The Wall in My Head:<br>Words & Images from the Fall of the Iron Curtain

The Wall in My Head:
Words & Images from the Fall of the Iron Curtain
edited by Words without Borders

Open Letter Books , November 2009

The Wall in My Head is an exciting anthology of texts and images by writers and artists who witnessed the collapse of Communism firsthand and by those who grew up in its wake. Polish authors Zbigniew Herbert, Pawel Huelle, Ryszard Kapuscinski, Dorota Maslowska, and Andrzej Stasiuk are featured.

The editors have arranged these high-caliber works to create a tension between celebratory and somber writing, and that gives the book a touch of greatness.– The Brooklyn Rail
 
Rediscovering Traces of Memory: <br>The Jewish Heritage of Polish Galicia

Rediscovering Traces of Memory:
The Jewish Heritage of Polish Galicia

by Jonathan Webber
photographs by Chris Schwarz

Indiana University Press , October 2009

A moving account of what is being done to preserve the memory of what was lost and of the people, both Poles and Jews, involved in this important undertaking. – Antony Polonsky
 
Zapolska’s Women: Three Plays:

Zapolska’s Women: Three Plays:
Malka Szwarcenkopf, The Man, and Miss Maliczewska

by Gabriela Zapolska
edited and translated by Teresa Murjas

Intellect Books , October 2009

Zapolska was one of Poland’s foremost modernist playwrights, and… an uncompromising explorer of gender construction and class oppression in fin-de-siècle Poland.
 
Chopin’s Polish Ballade: Op. 38 as Narrative of National Martyrdom

Chopin’s Polish Ballade: Op. 38 as Narrative of National Martyrdom

by Jonathan D. Bellman
Oxford University Press , October 2009

Chopin's Second Ballade, Op. 38 is frequently performed, yet remains very poorly understood – disagreement prevails on issues from its tonic and two-key structure to its posited relationship with the poems of the great Romantic bard Adam Mickiewicz. Chopin's Polish Ballade is a reexamination and close analysis of this famous work, revealing the Ballade as a piece with a powerful political story to tell.

Ingenious, entertaining, and convincing – Jonathan Bellman's book deftly demonstrates how the study of a single piece of music can open a new window onto an entire cultural world. – Kenneth Hamilton
 
Performative Democracy

Performative Democracy

by Elzbieta Matynia
Paradigm Publishers (The Yale Cultural Sociology Series) , October 2009

Spanning Polish history from the days of incipient rebellion against Communist rule through the Solidarity movement of the 1980s to today s democratic Poland, Performative Democracy sheds new light on what it is people are doing when they act democratically. Even as Matynia, who participated in many of the events she describes, elucidates their common features, she captures and infectiously renders their exhilarating atmosphere and spirit to the reader. – Jonathan Schell, author of The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence and the Will of the People
 
Towers of Stone: The Battle of Wills In Chechnya

Towers of Stone: The Battle of Wills In Chechnya

by Wojciech Jagielski
translated translated by Soren Gauger
Seven Stories Press , October 2009

Wojciech Jagielski has already achieved recognition for his reporting from the most inflamed points on our globe. [This latest work] will only confirm his reputation. – Ryszard Kapuscinski
 
Grotowski’s Empty Room: A Challenge to the Theatre

Grotowski’s Empty Room: A Challenge to the Theatre

by Paul Allain (editor)
Seagull Books , September 2009

The essays in Grotowski's Empty Room analyze how the internationally renowned Polish director Grotowski’s explorations in the theater continue to challenge dramatists and directors.
 
THE MERMAID AND THE MESSERSCHMITT: <br>WAR THROUGH A WOMAN'S EYES, 1939-1940

The Mermaid and the Messerschmitt:
War Through a Woman's Eyes, 1939-1940

by Rulka Langer
Aquila Polonica , September 2009

It is absolutely one of the best eye-witness accounts of WWII Poland that I’ve ever read.
- Alan Furst, author of The Foreign Correspondent and The Spies of Warsaw
 
Polish Film: A Twentieth Century History

Polish Film: A Twentieth Century History

by Charles Ford, Robert Hammond, and Grazyna Krudy
McFarland and Co. , September 2009

A history of the Polish cinema through the end of the twentieth century, with a special focus on political and economic contexts. Now in paperback.
 
What I Received From God and From People: A Story of Helena Modrzejewska

What I Received From God and From People:
A Story of Helena Modrzejewska

by Joanna Sokolowska-Gwizdka
translated by Bozena U. Zaremba and Ewa Chwojko-Srawley, with a foreword by Kazimierz Braun
BoRey Publishing , August 2009

One of the most famous actresses of her time, and inspiration for Susan Sontag’s last novel, In America, Helena Modjeska (Helena Modrzejewska, 1840-1909) enjoyed an unprecedented career in Poland before moving to the United States at age 36 to launch an equally remarkable career in this country. This biographical study provides a quick and interesting introduction to her life.
 
They Carry a Promise: Selected Poems

They Carry a Promise: Selected Poems

by Janusz Szuber
Knopf , May 2009

Szuber’s work is poised between the rigors of making poetry and life itself in all its messy glory, between the devastations of history and the quiet act of observing our place in it all.

Szuber’s poetry speaks to the hard part of the soul. - Zbigniew Herbert
 
Six Polish Poets

Six Polish Poets

by Jacek Dehnel (editor)
Arc Publications , London , April 2009

“Jacek Dehnel's slim bilingual anthology collects some of the most classically lucid poetry in Polish published in the past decade.”
– The Times Literary Supplement
 
Been and Gone

Been and Gone

by Julian Kornhauser
translated by Piotr Florczyk
Marick Press , April 2009

Like his associates Baranczak, Krynicki, and Zagajewski, Julian Kornhauser is a major figure of the New Wave generation of Polish poets. This remarkable selection from his recent work brings this important Polish writer into English for the first time.
 
It Will Return

It Will Return

Northwestern University Press , April 2009

by Julia Hartwig
Contemporary poetry
 
The Mighty Angel

The Mighty Angel

by Jerzy Pilch
translated by Bill Johnston
Open Letter Books , April 2009

Pilch masterfully plays with the tradition of the drunkard novel, demonstrating just how close the alcoholic’s self-fashioning is to the writer’s self-narration. In this way, Pilch’s novel constitutes an act of belief in literature.... The book’s wonderful, delirious and baroque style imparts the experience of dependence, exclusion, and loneliness, as well as the overcoming of loneliness through love. – Maria Janion, head of the jury for the 2001 NIKE Literary Award
 
The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution

The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution

by Alex Storozynski
St. Martin's Press / Thomas Dunne Books , April 2009

…an objective history that is needed in today’s America and Poland. The hero … is one of the fathers of modern democracy in the same mold as Washington, Jefferson, Madison and Lincoln. – Adam Michnik, Solidarnosc activist and editor in chief of Gazeta Wyborcza

…a sweeping, colorful, and absorbing biography that should restore Kosciuszko to his proper place in history
– Andrew Nagorski, Newsweek

Readers of military and American history should take note: the minute details will enthrall devotees. Casual readers will benefit from Storozynski's expert crafting of a readable and fact-filled story that pulls readers into the immediacy of the revolutionary era's partisan and financial troubles.
– Publishers Weekly

In a meticulously researched work, Storozynski greatly enhances our understanding of Kosciuszko’s personality and motivations by investigating the Pole’s relationship and feelings toward Africans, Jews, and peasants. His contribution advances our knowledge of this complex character whom Jefferson considered the ‘purest son of liberty’ he ever knew. – James Pula, Purdue University

…a testament to a great man and an important addition to world history. – Byron E. Price, Texas Southern University
 
Between Fire and Sleep: Essays on Modern Polish Poetry

Between Fire and Sleep: Essays on Modern Polish Poetry

by Jaroslaw Anders
Yale University Press , April 2009

In this insightful book, Jaroslaw Anders looks at how the major works of 20th-century Polish literature constantly transformed historical experience into the metaphysical, philosophical, or religious exploration of human existence. Between Fire and Sleep offers a fresh understanding of modern Polish culture.
 
Adam Mickiewicz: The Life of a Romantic

Adam Mickiewicz: The Life of a Romantic

by Roman Koropeckyj
Cornell University Press , November 2008

Adam Mickiewicz (1798-1855), Poland’s national poet, was one of the extraordinary personalities of the age. Roman Koropeckyj draws a portrait of the Polish poet as a quintessential European Romantic. This richly illustrated biography-the first scholarly biography of the poet to be published in English since 1911-draws extensively on diaries, memoirs, correspondence, and the poet’s literary texts to make sense of a life as sublime as it was tragic.
 
The Last Supper

The Last Supper

by Pawel Huelle
translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones
Serpent's Tail , November 2008

“An intelligent, intriguing and atmospheric novel worthy of its inspiration. It is admirably served by Antonia Lloyd-Jones' nuanced and readable translation.” – The Independent

“Book lovers queue here.” – Scotland on Sunday
 
Chopin’s Poland

Chopin’s Poland: A Guidebook to Places Associated with the Composer Marita Alban Juarez and Ewa Slawinska-Dahlig

translated by John Comber
The Fryderyk Chopin Institute , September 2008

This unique guidebook provides ample descriptions and numerous photographs and illustrations of the places where Chopin lived, stayed on his summer holidays or visited in passing. The guidebook contains reproductions of almost 50 historical illustrations from the first half of the 19th century, 3 maps and around 100 photographs taken specially for this publication.
 
Re-Reading Grotowski <br> A special issue of <i>TDR: The Drama Review</i> on Jrzy Grotowski<br>Guest-Edited by Kris Salata & Lisa Wolford Wylam

Re-Reading Grotowski
A special issue of TDR: The Drama Review on Jrzy Grotowski
Guest-Edited by Kris Salata & Lisa Wolford Wylam

MIT Press Journals , May 2008

Publication was made possible, in part, through a grant from the Polish Cultural Institute in New York.
 
In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer

In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer

by Irene Gut Opdyke with Jennifer Armstrong
Random House , April 2001

 
Helena Paderewska: Memoirs, 1910-1920

Helena Paderewska: Memoirs, 1910-1920

Hoover Institution Press

The memoirs of Helena Paderewska, wife of the famous pianist and later Polish Prime Minister Ignacy Jan Paderewski, tell the story of her husband’s quest to bring independence to Poland following the end of World War I. She recounts how her husband used his fame and charisma to influence the leaders of France, the United Kingdom, and the United States, becoming a prominent spokesman for his homeland, then suffering under partition and occupation. Paderewska also offers a rare woman’s perspective on the vicissitudes of international politics during the First World War. She supported Paderewski at every stage, and was one of a small number of women actually present when the Treaty of Versailles was signed, granting Poland its independence once again. Helena Paderewska (1856-1934) was born Helena Rosen in Warsaw, born to a Polish father and a Greek mother. In addition to being one of her husband’s closest collaborators and advisors, she was a founder of the Polish White Cross, a humanitarian and patriotic organization whose nearly 20,000 members brought aid to victims of war.
 
Map: Collected and Last Poems

Map: Collected and Last Poems

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

 
Trail of Hope: The Anders Army, An Odyssey Across Three Continents

Trail of Hope: The Anders Army, An Odyssey Across Three Continents

Rosikon Press

 
Black Square

Black Square

Zephyr Press

by Tomasz Rozycki
Contemporary poetry
 
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