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The Black Seasons
by Michal Glowinski
translated by Marci Shore
introduction by Jan Gross
Northwestern University Press, 2005
Paper: 978-0-8101-1959-8 | eISBN: 978-0-8101-6187-0 | Cloth: 978-0-8101-1958-1
Library of Congress Classification PG7011.G58A3 2005
Dewey Decimal Classification 891.8509

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
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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