Miron Bialoszewski,Madeline G. Levine's A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising (New York Review Books PDF

By Miron Bialoszewski,Madeline G. Levine

On August 1, 1944, Miron Białoszewski, later to achieve renown as one in every of Poland’s so much leading edge poets, went out to run an errand for his mom and bumped into historical past. With Soviet forces at the outskirts of Warsaw, the Polish capital revolted opposed to 5 years of Nazi profession, an rebellion that begun in a spirit of heroic optimism. Sixty-three days later it got here to a sad finish. The Nazis suppressed the insurgents ruthlessly, decreasing Warsaw to rubble whereas slaughtering a few 200,000 humans, often via mass executions. The crimson military easily regarded on.

Białoszewski’s blow-by-blow account of the rebellion brings it alive in all its determined urgency. the following we're within the sneakers of a tender guy slipping again and forth below German fireplace, dodging sniper bullets, collapsing with exhaustion, rescuing the wounded, burying the lifeless. An crucial and unforgettable act of witness, A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising is additionally an immense paintings of literature. Białoszewski writes in brief, stabbing, splintered, breathless sentences attuned to “the evident id of ‘now.’” His pages are choked with a white-knuckled poetry that resists the very destruction it records.

Madeline G. Levine has widely revised her 1977 translation, and passages that have been unpublishable in Communist Poland were restored.

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