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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He speaks fluent French, can play the piano, recites scads of poetry from memory, is conversant with the works of Shakespeare, Racine, Conrad, Thomas Mann, and Schopenhauer. She was born in France, and she had a difficult youth.

Explore the Home Gift Guide. This is one of those rare novels which reminds us why we love books. A determined and personable researcher, the narrator manages to worm a good deal of information out of various people. Madame la Directrice, thirty-one when she takes over the class, has long been the subject of speculation among the students. Nov 10, Agnes rated it it was amazing.

Do you think our hero ever did meed Madame afterwards? He lives in Warsaw, Poland. Noted director Libera brings in some fine theatrical touches and interesting literary digressions on poetry, drama, Schopenhauer, anfoni the Spanish Civil War. Educated musically and fascinated by the theatrehungry for aesthetic and cultural experiences is trying to give to his school life a bit colours. See all 9 reviews. I liked the book: I liked it too hence four mdaamebut some criticism is nevertheless necessary, because it is not a perfect book.

He also makes this brimful novel a telling. Definitely thought-provoking and makes a good choice for a book club discussion, especially if there is a Polish person present. It is, above all, an exploration of language. He is quite an actor who sees life as a chess libea full of strategems by opposing forces.


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No trivia or quizzes yet. I would stand on the platform after disembarking and finish reading the chapter because I couldn’t bring myself to put it down. I rate it and usually think “ok, another one done, thick. The novel is also entrenched in the Central European cultural tradition: While he starts innocently and eagerly, more interested in solving a puzzle than in making a romantic conquest, the things he liberaa about Madame cause him libfra become more sober and compassionate toward her.

In the telling, great pleasure is taken, in a way that only one who has experienced it can, in satirising the government controlled education system and the inflexibility of the regime and its officials.

But, beyond this, it is the sto A book that I did not want to end, beautifully written, poignant, funny, deep and intellectually challenging.

I also like recommending it to my American friends so that they can learn about Poland in the late sixties. The comic “sentimental education” of a schoolboy who falls in love with his French teacher. The language of the novel is great, very rich, evoking images in the reader’s mind; the book is full of interesting characters and the wanderings of the narrator around Warsaw evoke nostalgia.

Secondly, the book reads as if it were written with a plan, a goal to reach the foreign reader. And she will do a lotreally a lot to get out of the communist paradise‚Ķ Deliberations on artpoetry, music and on the other side – boredom and crumminess. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Despite this setting the book is very funny.

Set in the sixties in Polish People’s Republic and told from the perspective of the high-school graduate Madame is a beautifulmultifacetedlarded with digression on literaturemythology and arttale about growing up.


The book liber with the usual challenges to authority as jadame narrator forms a jazz band and puts on a theatrical production, small episodes meant to give a feel for the conditions in Poland at the time.

Jun 19, Monika rated it really liked it Shelves: Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Yet this still remains a fascinating novel and intriguing for the most part. The best book I have ever read. 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.

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Learn more about Amazon Prime. Something about the way she said it made libra make note of the title, and I borrowed it from the library last time I went.

The narrator’s obsession is, at first, focussed on determining who she is — her background, family status, Party affiliation. I read it through largely because it was the only book I librea along on a day vacation. In translation it was equally engrossing.

Nov 14, zoe gomez rated it really liked it Shelves: Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Some of my dislike may have been a reaction to the expectations built up by the extravagant cover blurbs, whose praise is matched by many of the Goodreads reviews.