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A Thousand Peaceful Cities
     

A Thousand Peaceful Cities

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by Jerzy Pilch, David Frick (Translator)
 

One drunken afternoon, Mr. Traba and the narrator’s father decide to take charge of their lives and do one final good turn for humanity: travel to distant Warsaw and assassinate the de facto Polish head of state, First Secretary of the Polish Communist Party. And they decide to involve the narrator, the child Jerzyk in their plans . . .

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One drunken afternoon, Mr. Traba and the narrator’s father decide to take charge of their lives and do one final good turn for humanity: travel to distant Warsaw and assassinate the de facto Polish head of state, First Secretary of the Polish Communist Party. And they decide to involve the narrator, the child Jerzyk in their plans . . .

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"...it is the grotesquery of Pilch’s buffoonery that makes A Thousand Peaceful Cities such an urbane pleasure."—Steven G. Kellman, Barnes and Nobles Review

"A mind-bending romp by Polish journalist and novelist Jerzy Pilch, miraculously translated by David Frick and published this month by Open Letter."—Anne Kjellberg, Little Star

While the idea of a quixotic assassination attempt as rite of passage seems ridiculous, it offers Pilch — a prize-winning Polish novelist and newspaper columnist — a way to get at the absurdity of politics, the unbridgeable gap between public and private life."—David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times

"Jerzy Pilch, author of "The Mighty Angel," has written a moving, bittersweet meditation on family, responsibility, and the passage of time."—Rebecca Oppenheimer, Howard County Times

"...the unruly, wonderfully erudite, and hilariously surreal product of a boisterous imagination set loose."—Valentina Zanca, Words Without Borders

"[Pilch] slashes mercilessly at the holy of holiest of his own nation. He ridicules its virtues and its shortcomings; he spares neither hero nor villain."—Sally Boss, The Sarmatian Review

David Ulin
It offers Pilch—a prize-winning Polish novelist and newspaper columnist—a way to get at the absurdity of politics, the unbridgeable gap between public and private life. . . . The result is a vivid tension that is only amplified by the exuberance of the book.
Steven G. Kellman
Pilch’s antic sensibility confirms that he is the compatriot of Witold Gombrowicz, the Polish maestro of absurdist pranks. But readers with a taste for the fermented Irish blarney of Flann O’Brien, Samuel Beckett, and John Kennedy Toole might also savor Pilch.
Valentina Zanca
The acclaimed satirist and newspaper columnist Jerzy Pilch once again weaves fact and fiction in a memorable absurdist tale of flawed political resistance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934824276
Publisher:
Open Letter
Publication date:
07/15/2010
Pages:
148
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author


Jerzy Pilch is one of Poland's most important contemporary writers. In addition to his long-running satirical newspaper column, Pilch has published several novels, and has been nominated for Poland's NIKE Literary Award four times; he finally won the Award in 2001 for The Mighty Angel.

David Frick is a professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Berkeley.

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