Wartime Notebooks: France, 1940-1944

byAndrzej BobkowskiTranslated byGrazyna Drabik, Laura Engelstein

November 27, 2018|
Wartime Notebooks: France, 1940-1944 by Andrzej Bobkowski
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A Polish writer’s experience of wartime France, a cosmopolitan outsider’s perspective on politics, culture, and life under duress

When the aspiring young writer Andrzej Bobkowski, a self-styled cosmopolitan Pole, found himself caught in occupied France in 1940, he recorded his reflections on culture, politics, history, and everyday life. Published after the war, his notebooks offer an outsider’s perspective on the hardships and ironies of the Occupation.

In the face of war, Bobkowski celebrates the value of freedom and human life through the evocation—in a daringly untragic mode—of ordinary existence, the taste of simple food, the beauty of the French countryside. Resisting intellectual abstractions, his notes exude a young man’s pleasure in physical movement—miles clocked on country roads and Parisian streets on his trusty bike—and they reveal the emergence of an original literary voice. Bobkowski was recognized in his homeland as a master of modern Polish prose only after Communism ended. He remains to be discovered in the English-speaking world.
Title:Wartime Notebooks: France, 1940-1944Format:HardcoverProduct dimensions:704 pages, 9 X 6 X 1.75 inShipping dimensions:704 pages, 9 X 6 X 1.75 inPublished:November 27, 2018Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0300176716

ISBN - 13:9780300176711

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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