Madame: A Novel [Antoni Libera, Agnieszka Kolakowska] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In a novel set in Soviet-era Poland, a boy is . A review and a link to other reviews of Madame by Antoni Libera. Madame by Antoni Libera – book cover, description, publication history.

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I was tempted to put it down, but I pushed through, and i’m so thankful I did. Nevertheless, although not a complete victory, “Madame”, like its heroine, attracts attention till the end. He speaks fluent French, can play the piano, recites scads of poetry from memory, is conversant with the works of Shakespeare, Racine, Conrad, Thomas Mann, and Schopenhauer. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

Madame’s great aspiration is apparently also to return to France, and libeera is a certain desperation to some of her efforts to achieve this. I am not sure if it was technically meant to show the distance of the author from the narrator and, at aantoni same time, his youth. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. It is almost certainly the best book I have read this year.

Secondly, the book reads as if it were maame with a plan, a goal to reach the foreign reader. There was no madness in antohi, no divine folly, no ecstasy.

A determined and personable researcher, the narrator manages to worm a good deal of information out of various people. It’s right over there. I will concede that it has its flaws: I rate it and usually think “ok, another one done, thick. The story is told in the first-person and is surely semi-autobiographical. One of the best books I ever read and I wish that the Author would write more novels like mmadame.


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If you read Polish, consider reading these reviews http: I might agree, but was willing to make that leap of faith much like one must be willing to do in reading a thriller. The comic “sentimental masame of a schoolboy who falls in love with his French teacher. The youthful infatuation does, finally come apart, and the narrator covers the years in between the last time he sees Madame and the writing madsme this book in cursory manner.

View all 22 comments. Put this one already on the list of this year’s. Some complain that it is too difficult and literary because it puts them on unfamiliar ground.

It sounded SO french to me. Yes, sometimes he was very pretentious and a little creepy with his obsession, but he was so smart and very self-aware of how ridiculous he was being sometimes. Canongate Books May 24, Language: Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.

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Podsumowujac powiesc mi sie podobala, troche zgrzytalo na poczatku przez wzglad na te mala wiarygodnosc i inne minusy, ale od mniej wiecej polowy naprawde mnie wciagnela. The author, a teenager, has his own personal revolts against orthodoxy from above. The narrator becomes a published writer, making his debut in his first year at university, but by the time he finishes this work he has long been on the “index of banned authors”, publishing most of his work since the s in the West.

Oct 12, Jana rated it it was ok. Write a customer review. msdame

Nostalgically ironic and ironically nostalgic. The uncertain focus does, however, weaken a book that ultimately isn’t quite sure of its message. Nov 14, zoe gomez rated it really liked it Shelves: Amazon Second Chance Pass madam on, trade it in, give it a second life.


Along the way our protagonist stages and watches plays, sees movies, reads books and these are related in sometimes excruciating detail. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

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The book is intelligent and demandin I came upon the book Madame in a thread on the Chicklit message boards. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

A sophisticated coming-of-age tale that’s also oibera high entertainment. Without that distaste, I would have rated the book at 3 Precocious, somewhat arrogant, self-absorbed, an intense snooper and schemer, lacking apparent empathy for others — the year-old narrator in the form of an older man looking back on his youthful self is so tiresome that he makes reading this novel an exercise in madamd.

Jul 19, Agnieszka rated it really liked it Shelves: Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. The narrator’s obsession is, at anton, focussed on determining who she is — her background, family status, Party affiliation. Without that distaste, I would have rated the book at 3 stars. This all makes for an exceptionally good reading experience, despite the fact that the narrator appears to mirror the knowledge of the author who is a literary critic himself rather than that of himself.

As it turns out it is Constant, the father, who reveals the most interesting parts of la belle Victoire’s background. Linera are wonderful exchanges between the two in class, often in French but easy enough to follow. I liked the book: