Swallowing Mercury

by Wioletta Greg (Author), Eliza Marciniak (Translator)
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Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize

“Achieves a form of literary alchemy that mesmerizes.”—The New York Times

In this celebrated debut from prize-winning poet Wioletta Greg, Wiola looks back on her youth in a close-knit, agricultural community in 1980s Poland. Her memories are precise, intense, distinctive, sensual: a playfulness and whimsy rise up in the gossip of the village women, rumored visits from the Pope, and the locked room in the dressmaker's house, while political unrest and predatory men cast shadows across this bright portrait. In prose that sparkles with a poet’s touch, Wioletta Greg's debut animates the strange wonders of growing up.

Publication date
August 21, 2017
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Page count
146
ISBN
9781945492075
Paper ISBN
9781945492044

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