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A Biography

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$35.00 • £28.95 • €31.50

ISBN 9780674495043

Publication Date: 04/24/2017


544 pages

6-3/8 x 9-1/4 inches

41 halftones, 3 maps

Belknap Press


  • Abbreviations
  • Maps
    • Partitioned Poland and its neighbours, 1914
    • Second Polish Republic, 1922, and its neighbours following the Polish–Soviet War
    • Poland’s new borders, as ratified at Potsdam Conference, August 1945
  • Introduction by Michael Parker
  • 1. The Garden of Eden, 1911–1920
    • ‘Darkness…split by distant flashes, illuminations’
    • The Earthly Paradise
    • Good and Bad Blood
    • A Grenade under the Bed
  • 2. The Young Man and the Mysteries, 1921–1929
    • The Apartment with Fig-Plants
    • Tomcat
    • Doctor Catchfly
    • Manichean Poisons
    • Early Literary Tastes (and Russian Roulette)
    • Inside the Lodge
    • The Rushing Heraclitean River
  • 3. Black Ariel, 1930–1934
    • ‘I devote too little time to study’
    • Egg-Man
    • The Cezary Baryka Complex
    • Friday Seminars, Literary Wednesdays
    • Leviathan’s Wardens
    • A Bridge Suspended in Mid-Air
    • The Devil’s See-Saw
    • ‘If early love had lasted…’
    • ‘To the left, to the right’
  • 4. The Country of the First Emigration, 1935–1939
    • ‘A certain student in the city of Paris’
    • ‘The whole cosmos revolves within us’
    • ‘On black meadows’
    • Publican
    • ‘A handful of unearthly truths’
    • ‘Siena descends into gleams’
    • ‘In my homeland, to which I will not return’
    • Warsaw Friendships
    • Janka
    • Coming Down to Earth
    • A Blood-Red Star
  • 5. Voices of Poor People, 1939–1945
    • Medals in the Suitcase
    • Reflections on the Inferno
    • The Theory of the Last Złoty
    • Miranda’s Island
    • Gniewosz
    • ‘A Poor Christian Looks at the Ghetto’
    • Noah’s Ark
  • 6. In Partibus Daemonis, 1945–1951
    • ‘We are from Lublin’
    • Robinson Crusoe from Warsaw
    • A Pact with the Devil
    • Mother’s Grave
    • Rescue
    • Chochoły
    • ‘A passion for doing something useful’
    • Open-Source Intelligence
    • ‘We are slaves here!’
    • Dry Flame
    • Slaughterhouse
  • 7. A Story of One Particular Suicide Case, 1951–1960
    • ‘And you are a deserter’
    • Rock Bottom
    • ‘The enemy of order—humankind’
    • Exorcisms
    • Daughter of Prophets
    • ‘Beyond tears’
    • ‘Enough of this lethargy and fighting’
    • ‘To be able to earn a living through writing’
    • Les grands seigneurs
    • ‘To you, sweetheart, I cannot say hello’
    • Eternal Moment
    • A Place on Earth
  • 8. The Magic Mountain, 1961–1980
    • Grizzly Peak
    • Settling Accounts on Two Fronts
    • Wilderness
    • Letters to Oneself
    • An American in Paris
    • Second Space
    • Prisoners of Ulro
    • ‘Perhaps only my reverence will save me’
    • ‘One of the greatest poets of our time, if not the greatest’
    • Job
  • 9. The Nobel and the Poet’s Later Years, 1980–2004
    • Remembering the Wounds
    • ‘This crown keeps slipping over my ears’
    • Heloise
    • ‘I will haunt you with my strange love’
    • The Dragon
    • Provinces
    • ‘One bright point’
  • Chronology
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Acknowledgements
  • Illustration Credits
  • Index

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