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The Ballad of Barnabas Pierkiel

The Ballad of Barnabas Pierkiel (Hardback)

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Set in the quaint (though admittedly backward) fictional nation of Scalvusia in 1939, The Ballad of Barnabas Pierkiel follows the exploits of a young swineherd with romantic delusions of grandeur. Desperate to attract the voluptuous Roosha, the Gypsy concubine of the local boot-and-shoe magnate, Barnabas and his short-legged steed Wilhelm get embroiled in a series of scandals and misadventures, as every attempt at wooing ends in catastrophe. After the mysterious death of an important figure in the community, a witch-hunt ensues, and a stranger falls from the sky. Barnabas begins to see the terrible tide of history turning in his beloved hometown. The wonderfully eccentric supporting cast includes a priest driven mad by a fig tree, a gang of louts who taunt our reluctant hero at every turn, and a dim-witted vagabond with a goat for a wife. Even as her characters brush up against one of the darkest moments of the twentieth century, Magdalena Zyzak's humour and prose delight in the absurdities of the human animal.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Henry Holt & Company Inc Publication Date: 14/01/2014 ISBN-13: 9780805095104  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Magdalena Zyzak was born in 1983 in Zabrze, Poland, and now lives in the United States. The Ballad of Barnabas Pierkiel is her first novel.

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