“In Polish novelist Andrzej Szczypiorski’s radiant new work, the affairs of the heart and the world are not so very different. . . . He exhorts those of us who know politics too well to set aside nightmare and dream, and find no other world than the one we can kiss in a lover’s hand.”Boston Globe
Self-Portrait With Woman
978-0-8021-3488-2 • $12.00 • Paperback • Mar. 1997
Kamil, a Warsaw sociologist, is summoned to Geneva to participate in an oral history project about the collapse of Eastern European communism and resolves to tell his own story through a gallery of portraits of the many women he has loved. These reminiscences emerge against the broader canvas of circumstances and events that have shaped the past sixty years of Poland’s turbulent, tragic history. Soon he finds himself inexorably drawn to his interrogator from the “free” world; the chronicler of his life, the keeper of his secrets, and his heart’s last hope for redemptive love. Self-Portrait with Woman is at once a haunting and lyrical portrait of a man, of a country, and of the twilight years of an era.