The Polish Complex
Preface by Richard Lourie
Translated by Richard Lourie
The Polish Complex takes place on Christmas Eve, from early morning until late in the evening, as a line of people (including the narrator, whose name is Konwicki) stand and wait in front of a jewelry store in Warsaw. Through the narrator we are told of what happens among those standing in line outside this store, what happens as the narrator's mind thinks and rants about the current state of Poland, and what happens as he imagines the failed Polish rebellion of 1863.
The novel's form allows Konwicki (both character and author) to roam around and through Poland's past and present, and to range freely through whatever comes to his attention. By turns comic, lyrical, despairing, and liberating, The Polish Complex stands as one of the most important novels to have come out of Poland since World War II.
Nb of pages 224 p.
Publication Date 01 November 1998
Nb of pages 224
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5 in.
List Price $12.95
I was standing in line in front of a state-owned jewelry store. I was twenty-third in line. In a short while the chimes of Warsaw would announce that it was eleven o’clock in the morning. Then the locks on the great glass and metal doors would rattle open and we, the sneezing and sniffling customers, would invade the store’s elegant interior — though, of course, ours would be a well-disciplined invasion, each person keeping the place staked out during the long wait in line.
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Genres : Fiction : Europe : Central Europe
Countries : Poland