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Wiola lives in a close-knit agricultural community. Wiola has a black cat called Blackie. Wiola's father was a deserter but now he is a taxidermist. Wiola's mother tells her that killing spiders brings on storms. Wiola must never enter the seamstress's 'secret' room. Wiola collects matchbox labels. Wiola is a good Catholic girl brought up with fables and nurtured on superstition. Wiola lives in a Poland that is both very recent and lost in time.



Swallowing Mercury is about the ordinary passing of years filled with extraordinary days. In vivid prose filled with texture, colour and sound, it describes the adult world encroaching on the child's. From childhood to adolescence, Wiola dances to the strange music of her own imagination.

Fiction & PoetryFiction in translation Publisher: Granta Books Publication Date: 02/11/2017 ISBN-13: 9781846276095  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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WIOLETTA GREG is the author of six volumes of poetry and a novella, Swallowing Mercury, translated here into English for the first time. Her poetry collection, Finite Formulae & Theories of Chance, was shortlisted for the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize. She lives in Essex. ELIZA MARCINIAK is an editor and translator. She lives in London.

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The first novel from an acclaimed poet, Swallowing Mercury offers a series of vignettes from a rural Polish childhood. A child's fears and wonders, the passage of the seasons, the intersection of political upheaval and everyday life, Greg handles her themes with a poet's precision. I have read this novel several times and my affection for it continues to grow.

Gary Perry, Charing Cross Road

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 06/04/2018

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