The Memoir of an Anti-Hero

The Memoir of an Anti-Hero

C format original

Paperback (03 Oct 2019) | English

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Synopsis

The Second World War. Poland. Our narrator has no intention of being a hero. He plans to survive this war, whatever it takes.

Meticulously he recounts his experiences: the slow unravelling of national events as well as uncomfortable personal encounters on the street, in the café, at the office, in his love affairs. He is intimate but reserved; conversational but careful; reflective but determined. As he becomes increasingly and chillingly alienated from other people, the reader is drawn into complicit acquiescence. We are forced to consider what it means to be heroic and how we ourselves would behave in the same circumstances.

Written in 1961, this is the masterpiece of one of the great Polish writers of the 20th century.

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Book information

ISBN: 9780241351598
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
Edition: C format original
DEWEY: 891.8537
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 64
Weight: 124g
Height: 137mm
Width: 215mm
Spine width: 10mm