The New World Avenue and Vicinity

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Konwicki careens purposefully from private history (his vices, obsessive Lithuanian reveries, and advancing old age) to a time capsule of cultural history: to portraits of the artists, writers, actors, and film directors who accounted for the explosive burst of creative activity in Poland after the war. His tone can be mischievous, cantankerous, or despairing, but also unexpectedly touching.

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New York 1991 Hard cover 1st edition stated In mylar cover, shows light rub wear. 212 p. : illustrations.; 24 cm. -92- Translation of: Nowy wiat i okolice.

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Overview

Konwicki careens purposefully from private history (his vices, obsessive Lithuanian reveries, and advancing old age) to a time capsule of cultural history: to portraits of the artists, writers, actors, and film directors who accounted for the explosive burst of creative activity in Poland after the war. His tone can be mischievous, cantankerous, or despairing, but also unexpectedly touching.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Bustling, scrubby New World Avenue cuts ``like a curved Turkish saber'' through Warsaw, where Polish-Lithuanian novelist Konwicki ( Moonrise, Moonset ) moved in 1947 after his native Vilnius was annexed by the Soviet Union. Circling round this storied street of Polish kings, these haunting reminiscences sound a stately, beautiful music, a moonlit sonata of the soul, as Konwicki muses on freedom, the will to power, old age (``a dreadful effort to crawl off''), spectator sports (a ``bizarre and appalling deformity''), his life (``a washout'') and the dubious pleasures of the flesh. Charmingly illustrated with line drawings by the author, this engaging meditation lays bare his obsessions--the Devil, his aristocratic Lithuanian roots, a ``thirst for holiness''--and his vices--boredom, impatience, ambition, recklessness and the ``daily affliction'' of perfectionism. (Jan.)
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As was Moonrise, Moonset ( LJ 8/87), this newly translated work by one of Poland's most popular authors is difficult to classify. His approach is very personal, consisting of a series of recollections from his past, philosophical musings, homey anecdotes about his cat, imaginative fictions, and brief portraits of some of postwar Poland's cultural figures. On the surface his style seems somewhat disjointed, and many of his allusions will be lost on the American audience. Yet, in the end, one recognizes the hand of a master who uses his ``I'' to expose clearly the universal nature of the human experience. The first of Konwicki's work since 1977 to be submitted for official publication (in 1986), much of it seems addressed to the censors assigned to clear it, and they are the butt of much of its humor. To them he addresses his closing words, ``So long, worms. See you in the next world,'' a prophetic and apt epitaph for a failed ideology. An eloquent, important work, for a specific audience; recommended for academic and larger public libraries.-- David W. Henderson, Eckerd Coll. Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374221829
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 1/28/1991
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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