The Polish Lover

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The Polish Lover is an erotic novel of music, obsession, and exile - a first-person memoir of an affair, equal parts lust and love, gone wrong. Danny, a young jazz clarinetist from New York, meets a powerful expatriate Polish beauty named Maja while on tour in the South Pacific. Their tumultuous relationship leads back to her homeland in Eastern Europe during an icy Christmas, and a stormy end to the entanglement. The Polish Lover explores the difficulties and ecstasies of both improvising jazz and of falling ...
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Overview

The Polish Lover is an erotic novel of music, obsession, and exile - a first-person memoir of an affair, equal parts lust and love, gone wrong. Danny, a young jazz clarinetist from New York, meets a powerful expatriate Polish beauty named Maja while on tour in the South Pacific. Their tumultuous relationship leads back to her homeland in Eastern Europe during an icy Christmas, and a stormy end to the entanglement. The Polish Lover explores the difficulties and ecstasies of both improvising jazz and of falling hard for someone who turns out to be dangerous, strong-willed, and deceptive - the heady risks of playing music and of falling in love. Most of all, The Polish Lover is a cadenza of remembered desire, told with candor and humor and heat. And it is one of the few authentic jazz novels by a writer who is also a professional musician.
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In this memoir-like tale of a fateful love affair, reminiscent of Franoise Sagan's Bonjour Tristesse and other bittersweet, contemporary first novels, jazz clarinetist Danny encounters a beautiful, enigmatic Polish woman on a South Pacific gig and impulsively changes his life. Maja, an expatriate Pole living in Amsterdam, is sexy, maddening, and fond of changing lovers. Danny, who writes from the hindsight of early middle age, is thoroughly seduced, drawn in by Maja's sexual magnetism and ignoring the big, red danger signs posted all along the way. It's only after relocating to Amsterdam and then visiting Poland during a symbolically icy Christmas season that he begins to realize that he's by no means Maja's last lover, merely her latest, and auditions are already in process for his replacement. Interspersed with fresh musical imagerytheir first lovemaking is an exquisite jazz riffthis book offers a fascinating look at predemocracy Poland. Recommended for all libraries.Jo Manning, Univ. of Miami Lib., Coral Gables, Fla.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781569247389
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/1997
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 0.88 (d)

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