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Book Title: La bella signora Seidenman|
The author of the book: Andrzej Szczypiorski
Date of issue: 2000
ISBN 13: 9788845915789
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 525 KB
Read full description of the books La bella signora Seidenman:The action of Andrzej Szczypiorski’s novel The beginning takes place in Nazi occupied Warsaw at the turn of 1942-1943 but in the flashbacks we get a glimpse of other historical events like liquidation of the Warsaw ghetto in 1943 , Warsaw uprising in August 1944, events of March 1968 and the wave of anti-Semitic hate campaign, street demonstrations and protests in December 1970, election of Pole as a pope in October 1978, martial law in 1981. And such device helps the writer not only to complete all the threads but also to present the fate of the characters.
The beginning starts obviously with the figure of a beautiful, blonde-haired and blue-eyed Irma Seidenman, the widow after Jewish doctor. Denunciation her by prewar acquaintance and subsequent imprisonment launches series of events aimed at her release and forms a circle, the whole chain of people of good will who because of her or of the memory of her late husband are doing everything possible to get her released.
Novel, pregnant with meanings, is very rich and complex. Szczypiorski discusses issues of national identity, presents an uncomfortable thesis that not every Polish and not every Jew was always a victim like not every German was an executioner as well. He mercilessly disposes of the myth of our uniqueness, of this Polish suffering that was always pure, righteous and noble. Showing examples of meanness and wickedness deprives us of illusions and self-glorification, this belief of our sanctity and sense of importance in the history.
It’s a required reading, not only beautifully written, alternately brutal and lyrical, sardonic and compassionate, with musings on time and life, doom and hope but also disillusioned statements on human nature. But considering the whole course of events Szczypiorski shows that it is worth to be honest though it not always pays while it pays to be dishonest though it’s not worth. And it is reassuring message.
And I will end this review with some excerpts from the poem written by Czesław Miłosz in 1943, to illustrate cruel irony that while on the one side of the ghetto wall people were fighting and dying on the other side carousel was standing and on an April day Warsaw citizens enjoyed good day.
... The bright melody drowned
the salvos from the ghetto wall,
and couples were flying
high in the cloudless sky.
At times wind from the burning
would drift dark kites along
and riders on the carousel
caught petals in midair.
That same hot wind
blew open the skirts of the girls
and the crowds were laughing
on that beautiful Warsaw Sunday ...
Read information about the authorBorn in Warsaw in 1924, Szczypiorski was a journalist and novelist. He took part in the Warsaw Uprising and was imprisoned after the fall of the Uprising in Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. He died on 16 May 2000.
He began working as a journalist in 1946. Since the appearance of his first collection of stories in 1955, he had published more than 20 volumes of novels, reportage, newspaper columns, essays and sketches. Szczypiorski aligned himself with the democratic opposition in the late 1970s, being interned during Martial Law (1981-1982) and then, in 1989, being elected Senator (holding office until 1991). After resigning from an active political role, he became one of the country's most highly respected columnists, as well as a moral and intellectual authority.
Szczypiorski's novels, like his newspaper columns, are predominated by two issues: contemporary Polish-German relations and the moral and political conflicts of recent decades. He has made his mark as a mediator engaged in improving relations among the Polish, German, and Jewish peoples. He won enormous renown for his novel Poczatek / The Beginning, (known in Germany and elsewhere as The Beautiful Mrs. Seidenman), in which he depicted the different attitudes of Poles, Jews and Germans during the Nazi Occupation. This novel became a great success above all - but not only - in the German-speaking countries (winning the Austrian State Prize for European Literature as well as the Nelly Sachs Prize). Szczypiorski saw literature as "a kind of mission... entrusted to writers by society". Szczypiorski tried to remain true to this calling in both his fiction and his autobiographical writing, like From the Martial Law Notebook, published in London in 1983. The first edition of The Beautiful Mrs. Seidenman, which came out in Paris in 1986, was an immediate success. It was followed by Night, Day and Night, a fascinating study of the mechanism of political provocation. Next came the convincing psychological portrait Self-Portrait with Woman (1994), and collections of stories including American Whiskey, which won the German Catholic Art and Culture Award. Polish literary critics paid the most attention to the parable-as-novel A Mass for Arras (1971), which recounted authentic fifteenth-century historical events (plague, famine, and the persecution of Jews and heretics). Szczypiorski sat down to write this novel in the autumn of 1968, in response to the dramatic and shameful events of the preceding spring - the anti-Semitic campaign and attacks on intellectuals orchestrated by the communist authorities. The issues concealed "between the lines" were perfectly clear to the first Polish readers, and A Mass for Arras was regarded as an important commentary on current events by a writer with moral concerns.
He was a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
1963 Behind the walls of Sodom (pl.: Za murami Sodomy)
1966 Journey to the edge of valley (pl.: Podróż do krańca doliny)
1971 Mass for the town of Arras (pl.: Msza za miasto Arras)
1974 And they passed by Emaus (pl.: I ominęli Emaus)
1983 Notes from Martial law (pl.:Z notatnika stanu wojennego)
1986 Beginning (pl.: Początek)
1990 American whisky and other stories (pl.: Amerykańska whisky i inne opowiadania)
1991 Night, day and night (pl.: Noc, dzień i noc)
1994 Self-portrait with a woman (pl.: Autoportret z kobietą)
1997 Sins, virtues, desires (pl.: Grzechy, cnoty, pragnienia}
1999 Three short stories (pl.: Trzy krótkie opowiadania)
1999 Play with fire (pl.: Gra z ogniem)
1972 Polish PEN-Club Prize
1988 Austrian State Prize for European Literature
1989 Nelly Sachs Prize
1994 Herder Prize
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