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Angel Classics Charcoal Sketches and other tales

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On his death in 1916, Henryk Sienkiewicz, author of panoramic historical novels such as With Fire and Sword and The Deluge, enjoyed a towering reputation; he is still the most celebrated Polish novelist. The three novellas in this selection, less well-known than his novels, nevertheless display their author at his best: his narrative mastery, his engaging irony, and his brilliance at bringing history to life. They are not otherwise available together in English.

Charcoal Sketches, on village life in Russian-ruled Polish territory after the failure of the Insurrection of 1863/64, satirises a negligent, absentee squirearchy and a corrupt Tsarist administration. In Bartek the Conqueror the ludicrous brainlessness of a 'hero' of the Franco-Prussian War embodies the fate of the western Polish peasantry in the face of Bismarck's ruthless Germanisation policy. On the Bright Shore is a deliciously observed study of manners and morals among the expatriate Polish gentry on the French Riviera in the 1890s.

'Zamoyski's sprightly translations demonstrate that the passage of a century cannot disguise the wit or lessen the bite of these novellas.' Publishers Weekly

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Series Angel Classics Title Charcoal Sketches and other tales
Subject Polish Language English
Market Adolescent/Adult Level Fluent/native speakers
Publication Date July 1990 Authors Henryk Sienkiewicz / Adam Zamoyski
Binding Paperback Pages 212
Size(mm) N/A Weight (gms) 310
ESB Code 55359 ISBN 9780946162321
Inspection Copy No Delivery Limited Stock
  Price £6.95

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