The Birch Grove and Other Stories (Central European Classics) (Central European Classics Series)

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Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz (1894-1980) was a significant Polish novelist and poet. Besides his literary work, he fulfilled various social roles during his long life. He studied law in Kiev, worked as a civil servant at the newly created Polish parliament (Sejm) after WW1, served at embassies in Copenhagen and Brussels, joined anti-nazi resistance during WW2, became member of parliament after the war, was president of the writers' union, received Lenin Prize for peace movement acitivities etc. His books are considered classics and even today they still sell well in Poland; some have been adapted into internationally successful films.

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Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz (1894-1980) was one of Poland’s outstanding twentieth-century writers. Best remembered for his novels and stories, he also wrote poetry, plays and essays. He was an active participant in Warsaw’s cultural life between the wars as a member of the Skamander group of poets. During the wartime occupation he helped a number of writers and artists to hide. After the war he was editor of Poland’s leading literary journal, and chairman of the Polish Writers Union.

Leszek Kolakowski is one of the Europe’s most eminent philosophers. His books include Main Currents of Marxism, God Owes Us Nothing, Presence of Myth, and Metaphysical Horror. He is a Fellow of All Soul’s College, Oxford.

Timothy Garton Ash is well known for his writings about Central Europe. His books include The Polish Revolution: Solidarity, The Uses of Adversity: Essays on the Fate of Central Europe, The File: A Personal History, and, most recently, History of the Present. He is Director of the European Studies Centre at St Antony’s College, Oxford.

Antonia Lloyd-Jones is an editor and translator. Born in 1962, she read Russian and Ancient Greek at Oxford. Her translations from Polish include Who was David Weiser? by Pawe³ Huelle (nominated for the Independent Foreign Fiction Award) and House of Day, House of Night by Olga Tokarczuk.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Polish

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