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Madame

Author: Antoni Libera; Agnieszka Kołakowska
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Madame is a novel about Poland during the grim years of Soviet-controlled mediocrity which nonetheless sparkles with light and warmth." "Our young narrator-hero is suffering through the regulated boredom of high school when he is transfixed by a new teacher - an elegant "older woman" (she is thirty-two) who bewitches him with her glacial beauty and her strict intelligence. He resolves to learn everything he can
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Bildungsromans
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Antoni Libera; Agnieszka Kołakowska
ISBN: 0374200068 9780374200060
OCLC Number: 43118208
Description: vi, 439 pages ; 22 cm
Other Titles: Madame.
Responsibility: Antoni Libera ; translated from the Polish by Agnieszka Kołakowska.

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"Madame is a novel about Poland during the grim years of Soviet-controlled mediocrity which nonetheless sparkles with light and warmth." "Our young narrator-hero is suffering through the regulated boredom of high school when he is transfixed by a new teacher - an elegant "older woman" (she is thirty-two) who bewitches him with her glacial beauty and her strict intelligence. He resolves to learn everything he can about her and to win her heart."

"In a sequence of marvelously funny but sobering maneuvers, he finds out much more than he expected - about politics, Poland, and the Spanish Civil War, and his own passion for theater and art - all while his loved one continues to elude him. Yet without his realizing it, his efforts - largely bookish and literary - to close in on Madame are his first steps to liberation as an artist.

Later, during a stint as a teacher-in-training in his old school, he discovers that he himself has become a legendary figure to a new generation of students, and he begins to understand the deceits and blessings of myth, and its redemptive power."--Jacket.

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