The Shadow Catcher

The Shadow Catcher

by Andrzej Szczypiorski
     
 

The adored and sheltered son of a prominent Polish family, fifteen-year-old Krzys is coming of age during a period when the world around him is falling apart. The time is the moment just before the eruption of World War II, which will forever change all of their lives, but Krzys is only partly aware of what is happening inside him and around him. He lives in a world… See more details below

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The adored and sheltered son of a prominent Polish family, fifteen-year-old Krzys is coming of age during a period when the world around him is falling apart. The time is the moment just before the eruption of World War II, which will forever change all of their lives, but Krzys is only partly aware of what is happening inside him and around him. He lives in a world shrouded in silent cries and fleeting whispers - where he must catch what he can from the shadows.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With the same exquisite prose and psychological acuity that he brought to A Mass for Arras and Self-Portrait with Woman, Polish novelist and playwright Szczypiorski narrates the story of Krzystof, a sensitive, overprotected, nave 15-year-old boy taking huge leaps into adulthood just before his wealthy Warsaw family's bourgeois milieu is shattered forever by Hitler's tanks. The author, who fought in the Polish resistance and spent time in a concentration camp, renders a young man's emotional growth-his painfully awkward and funny sexual awakening, his dawning religious sensibility, his disillusionment with a deceptive, evil adult world-with subtle humor and artistry. The tender insights are all the more moving because Krzystof's life is played out against a backdrop of impending doom. Most of the novel is set in a manor house, symbol of a doomed social order, where "Krzys" is vacationing with his oppressive father, toward whom he harbors pent-up rage, and his perpetually anxious mother, who seems unable to express love. There, Krzys makes fumbling advances toward their host's young niece, Monika, for which he is soundly reprimanded. Szczypiorski mostly keeps politics in the muted background of this hypnotic tale, as the adults pessimistically debate whether and when war will start and Krzys expresses sympathy and solidarity with his Jewish classmates. The deft, convincing translation captures the eloquent, independent-minded voice of a modern master. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802116017
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
02/10/1997
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.72(w) x 8.61(h) x 0.78(d)

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