Medallions by Zofia NalkowskaMedallions by Zofia Nalkowska


byZofia Nalkowska

Paperback | February 25, 2000

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Considered a masterpiece of antifascist world literature, Medallions stands as the culmination of Nalkowska's literary style, a style the Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz once described as "the iron capital of her art and one of the very few exportables in our national literature." More than mere historical record, Medallions offers the reader startling immediacy, the repetition of an event as it persists in the testimonial present, in the scars on the consciousness and conscience of individuals.
A novelist, dramatist, short-story writer, and essayist, Zofia Nalkowska (1884-1954) was a leading proponent of the avant-garde of her day. A resident of Warsaw, she was an active member of the Polish PEN Club, the first female member of the Polish Academy of Literature, and the patron of a popular Warsaw literary salon. Her life in oc...
Title:MedallionsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:49 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.2 inPublished:February 25, 2000Publisher:Northwestern University Press

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ISBN - 10:0810117436

ISBN - 13:9780810117433

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A powerful and evocative read If the translation is as powerful as the original, then this collection of gems (as the title suggests) is the most concise treatment of quotidien life and the effects of the concentration camp beyond the walls of the camp. A must -read for anyone mature enough to handle the content of the degradation of humanity in inhumane times. I would strongly recommend it for senior level history classes, anyone interested in the Holocaust, or for anyone still asking how methodical genocide could have happened. "People have served this fate unto other people" is Nalkowska's motto for her book. For anyone with an imagination, this book will make one wonder about the nature and consequences of evil.
Date published: 2008-02-05

Table of Contents

Professor Spanner
The Hole
The Cemetery Lady
By the Railway Track
Dwojra Zielona
The Visa
The Man Is Strong
The Adults and Children of Auschwitz

Editorial Reviews

"[A] powerful and important work." --Jewish Book World