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Between East and West : writings from Kultura
Kostrzewa, Robert, 1959-
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hill and Wang, [1990]

Physical Description:
xiv, 273 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Translations from the Polish.
Added Uniform Title:
Kultura (Paris, France)
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Central Library DK4437 .B48 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Booklist Review

For those American readers for whom last year's events in Eastern Europe came like a bolt from the blue, here is a collection of essays and short stories selected from the last two decades of Kultura, a four-decades-old forum for Polish emigre writers. These pieces offer penetrating insights into the germination and slow growth of the independent-minded thinking that once unleashed led to the speedy and universal quashing of communism in that part of the world. Founded in Rome in 1946 and published in Paris, Kultura was the seedbed for ideas later brought to fruition by Solidarity, rendering this collection significant in light of later dramatic events. Bringing together writings by such figures as Czeslaw Milosz, Mikhail Heller, and Jan Jozef Lipski, Kultura was samizdat in reverse--instead of clandestinely distributing "subversive" materials, it focused worldwide attention on the oppressiveness of Poland's communist government. No index. --Allen Weakland

Publisher's Weekly Review

A stimulating feast awaits the reader of this anthology of 15 essays and stories chiefly by Polish emigres from Kultura , the Paris-based review. A number of self-lacerating articles examine Polish chauvinism and hatred of Germans and Russians. Other pieces deal with the crushing of Solidarity in 1981, Tolstoy as misanthrope and survival in Auschwitz. Czeslaw Milosz pinpoints salient traits shared by Central European writers: irony; an awareness of history; a dark, apocalyptic vision. Mikhail Heller, a Soviet historian living in Paris, profiles homo sovieticus , a creature best adapted to life under the communist system. ``The Journey,'' a powerful story by Wlodzimierz Odojewski, charts a man's train ride through corpse-strewn Poland to bury the soldier brother whose wife he had stolen away.``The Nose,'' by Slawomir Mrozek, is a savage, Gogol-like parable on anti-Semitism and conformity. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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