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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And she will do a lotlibeera a lot to get out of the communist paradise… Deliberations on artpoetry, music and on the other side Рboredom and crumminess. I love this book and keep re-reading it every few years and always find something new in it.

He lives in Warsaw, Poland. Open Preview See a Problem? I found it fascinating and have already put it on my “re-read sometime” bucket list. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.

It is sometimes too straightforward and the author takes pains, elaborately explaining things or events, which seemed obvious to me Nov 14, zoe gomez rated it really liked it Shelves: Customers who bought this item also bought. And, when his school’s beautiful new headmistress “Madame le Directrice” doubles as his French teacher, the.

But, beyond this, it is the sto A book that I did not want to end, beautifully written, poignant, funny, deep and intellectually challenging. While he starts innocently and eagerly, more interested in solving a puzzle than in making a romantic conquest, the things he learns about Madame cause him to become more sober and compassionate toward her.


Madame by Antoni Libera

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Possibly it is the inadequacy and irrelevancy of passion and imagination, futile in this communist state, that the narrator laments. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

This all makes for an exceptionally good reading experience, despite the fact that the narrator appears to mirror the knowledge of the author who is a literary critic himself rather than that of himself. Please provide an email address. It sounded SO french to me. Libera’s narrator does come off madme a tad too precocious. The central focus of the book concerns the narrator’s probing into the life of madame and coming to terms with his mad passion for her. The quibble with the book might be that the narrator’s brilliance is not believable.

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The novel conveys a decent picture of Poland and specifically Warsaw at the time, though politics are largely secondary. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. He becomes intoxicated with her and makes it his mission to find out everything he can about her and her history. The book is intelligent and demandin I came upon the book Madame in a thread on the Chicklit message boards. A consummate literary entertainment. It motivated me to read all the books mentioned there and they were great too by Conrad, Beckett, Racine and a few others.


Dull and grey reality and on this background our herointeligentwell-readsometimes arrogant and looking down on others.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Through these various tangents, however, we learn a great deal of Polish history and, more importantly for me, we get a sense of where we are. And a title Madame?

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MADAME by Antoni Libera , Agniewska Kolakowska | Kirkus Reviews

Madame was like this every day for the past week. He also makes this brimful novel a telling. This book, perhaps, filled a hole in my knowledge of 20th antonk Poland.

Some say that critics should not become authors Born inis a literary critic, translator madams theatre director, noted especially for his collaborative work with Samuel Beckett.

La belle Victoire is another nickname — though here we at least learn Madame’s middle name. Amusing enough, they seem somewhat out of place, not fully connected with the center of the novel.

Dec 21, Asif rated it it was amazing Shelves: Write a customer review. The most telling point: