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Translated by Ursula Phillips
Found in Translation Award, Polish Cultural Institute, 2015
“[A] subtle and satisfying translation.” —The Times Literary Supplement
"In taking us back to a world that is long gone, Choucas throws into relief much of the ranting and rhetoric of our own times. I closed the book feeling that I had been transported to a dream-like but strangely familiar setting, an unsettling sensation that has left me wanting to read more of Nalkowska’s work." —European Literature Network
“This is a welcome translation of one of the better-known Polish modernist novels, which reveals a supreme depth about intersubjective relations, while sustaining insight into the characters mostly through their words and gestures.” —Bozena Shallcross, University of Chicago
The novel in Europe in the early 20th century took a decidedly inward turn, and Choucas (1927) is an intriguing example of the modernist psychological tradition. Its author, Zofia Nalkowska (1884-1954), was a celebrated Polish novelist and playwright. She rose to prominence in interwar Poland and was one of a group of early feminist writers that included Pola Gojawiczynska, Maria Dabrowska, and Maria Kuncewiczowa.
May 2014 5.5x8.5 154 pages
Ursula Phillips is a translator of both literary and academic works and a writer on Polish literature. Her most recent translation, the novel The Heathen by Narcyza _michowska, is also published by Northern Illinois University Press.
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