Faithful River

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Overview

Originally published in 1912, this lyrical novel is set in a manor house in central Poland during the January Uprising of 1863 to 1864, when a volunteer Polish army futilely fought the Russian occupation. A wounded soldier appears outside the house and is cared for by Salomea, the young ward of the absent owners, who has been left in the manor with an aged servant. As the two strive to conceal the soldier's presence during brutal and invasive visits by the Russians, Salomea ...

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Overview

Originally published in 1912, this lyrical novel is set in a manor house in central Poland during the January Uprising of 1863 to 1864, when a volunteer Polish army futilely fought the Russian occupation. A wounded soldier appears outside the house and is cared for by Salomea, the young ward of the absent owners, who has been left in the manor with an aged servant. As the two strive to conceal the soldier's presence during brutal and invasive visits by the Russians, Salomea finds herself falling in love with her patient.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Their dramatic story is in itself enough to make the book a lasting pleasure. But Zeromski is also writing about a nation that hadn't actually existed since the previous century, and it is the complexity of his vision—of a Polish spirit without a Poland—that makes the novel a classic of European literature."
New Yorker
Kirkus Reviews
THE FAITHFUL RIVER ( paperback original; Aug.; 216 pp.; 0-8101-1596-4). The first US edition of a famous Polish novel, originally published in 1912, which vividly portrays an inchoate country's uprising (1863–64) against its Russian oppressors. The setting is a manor temporarily abandoned by its wealthy owners, whose beautiful ward (Salomea) protects and nurses back to health a severely wounded Polish soldier (who is himself an aristocrat). The accidental intertwining of their destinies, and their inevitable separation, are delineated with almost operatic intensity in an impressively dramatic (if more than occasionally grandiose) symbolic exploration of the ambiguities of both political allegiance and internecine class distinction. Zeromski (1864–1925), who seems a strange combination of passionate nationalist reformer and Dostoevskian mystic, looks like a writer very much worth reviving.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810115965
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Series: European Classics Series
  • Pages: 179
  • Sales rank: 893,476
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Stefan Zeromski (1864-1925) was the leading Polish novelist of his generation and is widely acknoweldged to be one of the greatest writers his country has ever produced. Czeslaw Milosz has called him "the conscience of Polish literature." His work has been translated into dozens of languages, and in the 1920s he was a contender for the Nobel Prize. Among his other novels are Ashes (1904), The Homeless (1900), and Before the Spring.

Bill Johnston teaches at the University of Minnesota. His translation of Boleslaw Prus's The Sins of Childhood and Other Stories was published by Northwestern University Press in 1996. His other translations include two novels by Andrzej Szczypiorski and work by Adam Zagajewski, Jerzy Pilch, and Krzysztof Kamil Baczynski.
  

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Table of Contents

The Translator's Introduction
The Faithful River

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2001

    A certain magic enchants the reader

    This novel made me think of Silas Marner in that you can't really imagine the situation involving Salomea and the Duke actually taking place, but in the back of your mind you say to yourself 'yes it can' because part of you wants to believe. It is a unique blend of history, romance, and adventure in a tale which enchants in a manner that can't quite be determined; maybe that's its magic.

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