Doctor Bianco and Other Stories

Doctor Bianco and Other Stories

Short stories

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Publisher's Synopsis

A postman who develops close friendships with everyone on his postal route, an old man who stops buying the coal he needs to heat his flat so he can afford Christmas presents for his granddaughters, a senile old Holocaust survivor whos suspicious of almost all her neighbours, two young sisters who are fed up with their baby brother, and an old woman squabbling with her tailor while a suit is being sewn for her to wear at her own funeral these are just some of the intriguing characters we meet in Doctor Bianco and Other Stories. Written in terse, spare, unaffected prose devoid of sentimentality, the nineteen stories in this collection gradually reveal the portraits of various people inhabiting one particular apartment building in an unspecified town. The gritty, harsh realities faced by Bielawskis protagonists are at times darkly funny and other times gut-wrenchingly sad. Bielawski sets up a magnifying glass on a small corner of Polish life and allows us to glimpse fascinating, surreal scenes from a tangle of human lives whose heartbreak, despair and various anxieties might feel surprisingly familiar to readers from any walk of life.

Book information

ISBN: 9781914987014
Publisher: Terra Librorum Ltd
Imprint: Terra Librorum
Pub date:
Edition: Short stories
DEWEY: 891.8538
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 184g
Height: 125mm
Width: 195mm
Spine width: 20mm