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Who Was David Weiser?

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This strange, almost hypnotic but ultimately unsatisfying novel by a Polish literature professor examines the summer of 1957 in Gdansk. Looking back from the present day, the narrator, Heller, describes how he and his friends, then 11-year-olds, grew involved with a mysterious classmate, the eponymous Weiser. A Jew, Weiser seems possessed of magical powers, and the boys fall under his sway, eventually becoming unwitting accomplices to his inexplicable disappearance. In a ruminative narrative--filled with repetitions which become almost musical in structure, asides, false starts, flash forwards and flashbacks--Huelle offers a hard-nosed, Polish version of magical realism. A small boy, for example, entrances a panther in the local zoo, levitates himself and sets off surreal explosions. Rumbling in the background are the political upheavals of 1970 and 1980, events that will kill a central character. The novel is on its surest footing in its merciless delineation of a sadistic teacher, and in a spirited series of digressions involving an escaped lunatic. But the denouement, regrettably, leaves many questions unanswered, including the one posed by the title.

Rok wydania: 1994 Wydawnictwo: Harvest Intranslation Stan: UżywanaRodzaj okładki: Miękka Wymiar: 13.5x20.5cm Waga: 0.28 kg EAN: 0156001276

Uwagi: Oprawa wytarta, zagięta i lekko zniszczona na krawędziach. Brzegi stron zakurzone. W tekście podkreślenia i adnotacje ołówkiem, długopisem oraz kredkami.

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