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A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising

 
 
Author
Miron Bialoszewski. Madeline G. Levine, trans.
Publisher New York Review Books  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5 x 0.55 inches
ISBN 9781590176658
Pages/Publication Date 257/2015
Daedalus Item Code 59614
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On August 1, 1944, Miron Bialoszewski (later renowned as one of Poland's most innovative poets) went out to run an errand for his mother, little guessing that he was about to be caught up in the Warsaw Uprising. With Soviet forces on the outskirts of the city, residents rose up against their Nazi occupiers in the spirit of heroic optimism, but 63 days later the Germans had reduced the city to rubble and slaughtered 200,000 citizens, while the Red Army simply looked on. Bialoszewski's blow-by-blow account, originally published in 1970, follows the young man slipping back and forth under German fire, dodging sniper bullets, collapsing with exhaustion, rescuing the wounded, and burying the dead, recorded in stabbing, splintered, breathless sentences attuned to "the glaring identity of 'now'." These pages are filled with a white-knuckled poetry that resists the very destruction it witnesses. Madeline Levine has extensively revised her 1977 English translation here, and passages that were unpublishable in Communist Poland have been restored.

"A faithful, antiheroic, and nonpathetic description of disintegration: bombed houses, whole streets, human bodies disintegrate, as do objects of everyday use and human perceptions of the world."óCzeslaw Milosz

 
 
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