The Fiction of Tadeusz Konwicki: Coming to Terms with Post-war Polish History and Politics

The Fiction of Tadeusz Konwicki: Coming to Terms with Post-war Polish History and Politics

By: Katarzyna Zechenter (author)Hardback

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This book examines, for the first time in English the literary work of Tadeusz Konwicki, one of the most popular and widely translated twentieth-century Polish writers whose prose reflects post-war Polish history, politics, and Sovietisation. In portraying the impact of these changes on people in general and on the intelligentsia in particular, Konwicki recreated the complex Polish-Jewish-Belorussian-Lithuanian world that disappeared by 1945 but survived in the collective memory of the Polish people. Despite Konwicki's wide-ranging topics and literary styles, the monograph has competently knitted these together around the question of living in the post-Holocaust world by: analysing the political and cultural themes of Konwicki's fiction; examining Konwicki's prose, along with some of his films, which have brought him international renown; engaging an impressive number of other critical works about Konwicki; and by explaining the political and social context in which Konwicki's fiction appeared.

About Author

Dr. Katarzyna Zechenter is Lecturer in Polish Literature at University College London. She received her Ph.D. in Slavic Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Zechenter has authored a number of essays, articles and book chapters on contemporary Polish prose, on Polish-Jewish writers, and on Krakow.


Preface by Dr. John Bates; Foreword by Professor Dr. Hab. Malgorzata Czerminska; Acknowledgements; Chapter 1 Introduction; Chapter 2 Konwicki Settling Accounts with Romanticism; Chapter 3 Socialist Realism by the Priest and the Jester; Chapter 4 Searching for the Past and the Home; Chapter 5 The Political Novels of the Late 1970s; Chapter 6 Konwicki's Autobiographical Works; Bibliography; Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773454668
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 316
  • ID: 9780773454668
  • ISBN10: 0773454667

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