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.
Andrzej Bobkowski (1913–1961) was born in Austria, raised in Poland, spent World War II in occupied France, and died in Guatemala. Grazyna Drabik teaches literature at City College of New York. Laura Engelstein is professor of Russian history emerita at Yale University.
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Title:Wartime Notebooks: France, 1940-1944
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:704 pages, 9 X 6 X 1.75 in
Shipping dimensions:704 pages, 9 X 6 X 1.75 in
Published:November 27, 2018
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300176711

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