Black Seasons / Edition 1

Black Seasons / Edition 1

by Michal Glowinski
     
 

ISBN-10: 0810119595

ISBN-13: 9780810119598

Pub. Date: 12/28/2004

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

A mosaic of memories from a childhood in the Warsaw Ghetto and a life in hiding on the other side of the wall

When six-year-old Michal Glowinski first heard the adults around him speak of the ghetto, he understood only that the word was connected with moving-and conjured up a fantastical image of a many-storied carriage pulled through the streets by some umpteen

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A mosaic of memories from a childhood in the Warsaw Ghetto and a life in hiding on the other side of the wall

When six-year-old Michal Glowinski first heard the adults around him speak of the ghetto, he understood only that the word was connected with moving-and conjured up a fantastical image of a many-storied carriage pulled through the streets by some umpteen horses. He was soon to learn that the ghetto was something else entirely. A half-century later, Glowinski, now an eminent Polish literary scholar, leads us haltingly into Nazi-occupied Poland. Scrupulously attentive to the distance between a child's experience and an adult's reflection, Glowinski revisits the images and episodes of his childhood: the emaciated violinist playing a Mendelssohn concerto on the ghetto streets; his game of chess with a Polish blackmailer threatening to deliver him to the Gestapo; and his eventual rescue by Catholic nuns in an impoverished, distant convent. In language at once spare and eloquent, Glowinski explores the horror of those years, the fragility of existence, and the fragmented nature of memory itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810119598
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2004
Series:
Jewish Lives Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
819,296
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Contents Foreword....................ix
Translator's Preface....................xi
Author's Note....................3
Fragments from the Ghetto....................5
The Pastry....................17
Emil....................21
My Grandfather's Suicide....................27
Beans and a Violin....................33
Getting Out....................39
Dlugi....................45
The Black Hour....................59
Candid Evening Talks....................67
The Villa on Odolanska Street....................75
The House beneath the Eagles....................83
A Quarter Hour Passed in a Pastry Shop....................91
Jasio the Redhead....................97
The Death of Sister Longina....................103
On a Sunday Morning....................111
A Louse on a Beret, a Chasuble, a Pair of Shoes....................125
Misjudeja....................139
It Was I Who Killed Jesus....................147
Books I Didn't Read in My Youth....................159
"Germans Are People, Too"....................169
Translator's Notes....................187

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