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ISBN 978-0-8101-1418-0
Publication Date
November 1996
Page Count
110 pages
Trim Size
4 3/4 x 8


Marian Pankowski

This novel, set in the 1970s, tells the story of the "author," a middle-aged Polish professor who lives abroad but who earlier survived the Nazi concentration camps, and Rudolf, an old man. Told in stream of consciousness as well as through a triangular correspondence among Rudolf, the author, and the author's mother, the story emerges as a tale of subversion and liberation that echoes Gombrowicz in its exploration of transgressive desire. It will be of great interest to those interested in Polish literature and to readers of gay and lesbian literature.

About the Author

Marian Pankowski (9 November 1919 – 3 April 2011) was a Polish writer, poet, literary critic and translator. Pankowski was born in Sanok. He was a member of the Polish resistance during World War II, and a prisoner in the Nazi concentration camps. After the war, he settled in Belgium, where he died in Brussels from pneumonia on 3 April 2011 at the age of 91.

"Pankowski's novel is fluid, almost cinematic in style...Recommended for European fiction collections and collections supporting eastern European studies." --Library Journal
"A deeply poetic work. . .The characters here resonate with literary overtones. We think of Thomas Mann's "Death in Venice," Gide's Immoralist, and Hermann Hesse's Steppenwolf."--World Literature Today