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Marek Hłasko: Killing The Second Dog
2015 Vol. 7 No. 2 — Summer / Books

Marek Hłasko: Killing The Second Dog

All the elements of seasonal hedonism are here – Sea, Sun and Sex – but so are cruelty, indifference and memory, all playing havoc with people’s dreams and hearts. It’s love and death in Tel Aviv.

Ross Ufberg and New Vessel Press
2015 Vol. 7 No. 2 — Summer / Books

Ross Ufberg and New Vessel Press

Meet a publisher who thinks more European writers should find a spot on American bookshelves. Ross Ufberg and New Vessel Press are rescuing lost literary voices, including that of Poland’s Marek Hłasko. 

A World Apart
2015 Vol. 7 No. 1 — Spring / Books

A World Apart

Gustav Herling-Grudziński, Inmate No. 1872, wrote his powerful indictment of the Soviet system of penal camps, the GULAG, not as a description of nations at war, but as a conflict between barbarism and civilization. First published in 1951, this book was quietly but intentionally suppressed for decades.

Poland: The First Thousand Years
2015 Vol. 7 No. 1 — Spring / Books

Poland: The First Thousand Years

Patrice Dabrowski’s new history, written with her usual elegant style, refers to Poland with the pronoun “she” – but the Soviet-imposed regime as “it,” notes Nathan Wood, perhaps with a touch of disapproval. Now there’s a great discussion starter.

Stanisław Barańczak, PHOTO: Elżbieta Lempp
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In Memoriam: Stanisław Barańczak

A much loved, gifted and extraordinarily talented activist and translator, his translations of Polish poetry to English are a joy, and those from English to Polish are a monumental achievement, ranging from almost all of Shakespeare to Dr. Seuss.

Chatting with Greg Archer
2015 Vol. 7 No. 1 — Spring / Books / Interviews

Chatting with Greg Archer

Justine Jablonska catches Greg Archer in a serious moment, and the conversation ranges from Cyndi Lauper and Ewan McGregor to his indomitable family and the after-effects of war.

Greg Archer’s Grace Revealed
2015 Vol. 7 No. 1 — Spring / Books

Greg Archer’s Grace Revealed

Fast-paced, sometimes self-indulgent but at times furiously funny, Greg Archer looks at his family’s traumatic experience in the Soviet gulag after years of running away from it.

Stuart Dybek: Writing Chicago, Memory, and Dreams
2014 Vol. 6 No. 3 — Fall-Winter / Books

Stuart Dybek: Writing Chicago, Memory, and Dreams

A poetic Babuszka: No word in English turns/a scarf into a grandmother

Poland in the Modern World: Beyond Martyrdom
2014 Vol. 6 No. 3 — Fall-Winter / Books

Poland in the Modern World: Beyond Martyrdom

If you always wanted Poland to be just another normal European state, historian Brian Porter-Szűcs says that’s exactly what it is. That is good news, though Michał Kasprzak thinks it may dampen dinner conversations at festive tables.

The Passion of Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński
2014 Vol. 6 No. 3 — Fall-Winter / Books / Commentary

The Passion of Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński

Compared to Keats, Marcel Proust, and even to “Bob Dylan, William Shakespeare, Pablo Neruda and James Dean rolled into one,” Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński was passionate, erotic, heroic, idealistic and incomparably prolific. His life and his art were one, his death made him legend.