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Encounters with Polish Literature S3E10: Wiesław Myśliwski with Bill Johnston | Discussion

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Translator, Bill Johnston, joins me for a discussion of one of Poland's most distinguished writers and playwrights, Wiesław Myśliwski, on the latest episode of "Encounters with Polish Literature." Best known for his tales of the confrontation between the eternal cycles of country life with modernity in the Communist and post-communist periods, Myśliwski was the first writer to win Poland's highest literary award, the Nike Prize, twice--a record since matched only by Olga Tokarczuk. In this episode we focus on his magnum opus, Stone upon Stone and perhaps his most experimental novel, forthcoming in English from Archipelago Books, Needle's Eye.Bill Johnston has also translated Myśliwski's second Nike Prize winning novel, Treatise on Shelling Beans, and our friend and frequent guest Ursula Phillips has translated Myśliwski's earlier novel, The Palace" published in the UK by Peter Owen.For an introduction with embedded video and a short bibliography go to--

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