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Madame tells the story of a self-absorbed Polish teenager as he pursues intellectual maturity, and the woman of his dreams, his French teacher 'Madame', in the communist-dominated Warsaw of the early 1970s.

Libera paces his exuberant young hero's fulminations, fantasies and discoveries beautifully, building a remarkably subtle characterisation of a free mind in a repressive culture. This is one of those rare novels which reminds us why we love books. A consummate literary entertainment.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Languages with Grant & CutlerAll Other LanguagesLanguages with Grant & CutlerPolishFiction Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd Publication Date: 24/05/2004 ISBN-13: 9781841955209  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Antoni Libera is a literary critic, translator and theatre director, noted especially for his collaborative work with Samuel Beckett. Madame is his first novel. He lives in Warsaw, Poland. Agnieszka Kolakowska born in Poland in 1960, brought up in England and educated at Yale and Cambridge. She has translated works from Polish and French into English, as well as working as a freelance editor and journalist. Books translated include:Them: Stalin's Polish Puppets by Teresa Toranska and Freedom, Fame, Lying and Betrayal by Leszek Kolakowski

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