Madame: A Novel [Antoni Libera, Agnieszka Kolakowska] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In a novel set in Soviet-era Poland, a boy is . A review and a link to other reviews of Madame by Antoni Libera. Madame by Antoni Libera – book cover, description, publication history.

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The occupation of the protagonist’s father is never mentioned, although they clearly are not Party members; yet they seemed to have decent enough living conditions. But, beyond this, it is the story of teenage angst, a desire for love and freedom, and of passion for the unobtainable.

It was probably some “desert island books” kind of list, because there was no discussion of the book, only a mention msdame a reader that Madame was her favorite Polish-language book and furthermore probably her favorite madamf book. Paperbackpages. It had just enough style and points of interest that I might have finished it anyway, and even enjoyed the odd page.

He discovers the family drama spanning several decades, the example of people’s fate decided by political circumstances. In my opinion, it far surpasses “Catcher in the Rye”, while also giving a wonderful description of a lifestyle about which we in the West know regrettably little. Our hero—never named but one assumes the novel is semi-autobiographical—is an intellectual, as well as a talented musician thanks to this novel I discovered the music of Ray Charles! Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

Almost nothing is known about her.


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Some complain that it is too difficult and literary because it puts them on unfamiliar ground. Madame was like this every day for the past week. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

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Najlepszy polski Bildungsroman jaki znam. It is a romance that pibera certainly broaden a reader’s literary horizons. He is a Polish writer, translator, literary critic, and theater director.

Jul 19, Agnieszka rated it really liked it Shelves: I would probably give this a 3. Our protagonist lbiera to finesse and finangle to obtain books and other things for his largely autodidactic education, but he mostly got them. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. Set in Soviet run Poland of the s and s. He finds out a great deal about Madame, specifically when it turns out that an old family friend, Constant, has a son, Freddy, who studied French literature at university with Madame.

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The author, a teenager, has his own personal revolts against orthodoxy from above. In a sequence of marvelously funny but sobering maneuvers, he learns much more than he expected to–about politics, Poland, the Spanish Civil War, and his own passion for theater and art–all while his loved one continues to elude him. Excellent translation, by the way, even though French phrases are not translated I did love the way the plot developed in the end, and was so pleased with how realistic the ending was which I will not spoil.


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Readers who admired Bernhard Schlink’s The Reader won’t want to miss this scintillating bildungsroman about a. Madame tells the story of a self-absorbed Polish teenager as he pursues intellectual maturity, and the woman of his dreams, his French teacher ‘Madame’, in the communist-dominated Warsaw of the early s.

Put this one already on the list of this year’s best novels. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

I also quite enjoyed the element of Polish history too, which was written brilliantly and really gave a sense of where this was and what was going on at the time.

Yet this still remains a liberra novel and intriguing for the most part. Aug 13, Alicja rated it it was amazing. A jack-of-all-trades, one day turning to jazz, the next to theatre, the next to literary speculation, then playing amateur detective and spy, he never seems fully convincing.

The narrator is a bit harsh on himself antobi a bit full of himself.