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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.
 
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