Ashes and Diamonds

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Originally published in Poland in 1948, and acclaimed as one of the finest postwar Polish novels, Ashes and Diamonds takes place in the spring of 1945, as the nation is in the throes of its transformation to People' Poland. Communists, socialists, and nationalists; thieves and black marketeers; servants and fading aristocrats; veteran terrorists and bands of murderous children bewitched by the lure of crime and adventure—all of these converge ...

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Overview

Originally published in Poland in 1948, and acclaimed as one of the finest postwar Polish novels, Ashes and Diamonds takes place in the spring of 1945, as the nation is in the throes of its transformation to People' Poland. Communists, socialists, and nationalists; thieves and black marketeers; servants and fading aristocrats; veteran terrorists and bands of murderous children bewitched by the lure of crime and adventure—all of these converge on a provincial town's chief hotel, a microcosm of an uprooted world.

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An intense novel of intrigue and alienation set in a small Polish town that lies poised between two tyrannies in the final days of WWII. First published (in Poland) in 1948 and here reprinted (by arrangement with Viking Penguin) in the translation first published in Great Britain by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1962. With an introduction by Heinrich Boll. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810115194
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1997
  • Series: European Classics
  • Edition description: Translated
  • Pages: 239
  • Sales rank: 425,773
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerzy Andrzejewski (1909-1983) published his first book, Unavoidable Roads, a collection of short stories, in 1936. Two years later he won several prizes, incuding one from the Polish Academy of Literature, for his first novel, Mode of the Heart. Ashes and Diamonds, originally published in 1948, was made into a highly esteemed film and was awarded the International Critics' Prize at the 1959 Venice Film Festival.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Barbara Niemczyk
Errata
Introduction by Heinrich Böll
Ashes and Diamonds

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