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Angel Classics Charcoal Sketches and other tales

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On his death in 1916, Henryk Sienkiewicz, author of panoramic historical novels such as With Fire and Sword and The Deluge, enjoyed a towering reputation; he is still the most celebrated Polish novelist. The three novellas in this selection, less well-known than his novels, nevertheless display their author at his best: his narrative mastery, his engaging irony, and his brilliance at bringing history to life. They are not otherwise available together in English.

Charcoal Sketches, on village life in Russian-ruled Polish territory after the failure of the Insurrection of 1863/64, satirises a negligent, absentee squirearchy and a corrupt Tsarist administration. In Bartek the Conqueror the ludicrous brainlessness of a 'hero' of the Franco-Prussian War embodies the fate of the western Polish peasantry in the face of Bismarck's ruthless Germanisation policy. On the Bright Shore is a deliciously observed study of manners and morals among the expatriate Polish gentry on the French Riviera in the 1890s.

'Zamoyski's sprightly translations demonstrate that the passage of a century cannot disguise the wit or lessen the bite of these novellas.' Publishers Weekly

Title details

Series Angel Classics Title Charcoal Sketches and other tales
Subject Polish Language English
Market Adolescent/Adult Level Fluent/native speakers
Publication Date July 1990 Authors Henryk Sienkiewicz / Adam Zamoyski
Binding Paperback Pages 212
Size(mm) N/A Weight (gms) 200
ESB Code 55427 ISBN 9780946162314
Inspection Copy No Delivery Limited Stock
  Price £15.95

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