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Black Seasons

ISBN-10: 0810119595
ISBN-13: 9780810119598
Edition: 2005
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Description: A mosaic of memories from a childhood in the Warsaw Ghetto and a life in hiding on the other side of the wall When six-year-old Michal Glowinski first heard the adults around him speak of the ghetto, he understood only that the word was connected  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 8/29/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

A mosaic of memories from a childhood in the Warsaw Ghetto and a life in hiding on the other side of the wall When six-year-old Michal Glowinski first heard the adults around him speak of the ghetto, he understood only that the word was connected with moving-and conjured up a fantastical image of a many-storied carriage pulled through the streets by some umpteen horses. He was soon to learn that the ghetto was something else entirely. A half-century later, Glowinski, now an eminent Polish literary scholar, leads us haltingly into Nazi-occupied Poland. Scrupulously attentive to the distance between a child's experience and an adult's reflection, Glowinski revisits the images and episodes of his childhood: the emaciated violinist playing a Mendelssohn concerto on the ghetto streets; his game of chess with a Polish blackmailer threatening to deliver him to the Gestapo; and his eventual rescue by Catholic nuns in an impoverished, distant convent. In language at once spare and eloquent, Glowinski explores the horror of those years, the fragility of existence, and the fragmented nature of memory itself.

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Fragments from the ghetto
The pastry
Emil
My grandfather's suicide
Beans and a violin
Getting out
Dlugi
The black hour
Candid evening talks
The villa on Odolanska Street
The house beneath the eagles
A quarter hour passed in a pastry shop
Jasio the redhead
The death of Sister Longina
On a Sunday morning
A louse on a beret, a chasuble, a pair of shoes
Misjudeja
It was I who killed Jesus
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