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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Definitely thought-provoking and makes a good choice for a book club discussion, especially if there is a Kibera person present. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.

Madame’s great aspiration is apparently also to return to France, and there is a certain desperation to some of her efforts to achieve this. The best book I have ever read.

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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. But I ended up being so impressed by the way the stories weaved through the last half that I couldn’t go down to a 3. He resolves to learn everything he can about her and to win her heart.

He discovers the family drama spanning several decades, the example of people’s fate decided by political circumstances. Also I think that if a young boy had “his Madame” in his life an ideal womanhe might have unrealistic standards and may be looking for her in other women How is that different from American universities?

Customers who bought this item also bought. The occupation of the protagonist’s father is never mentioned, although they clearly are not Party members; yet they seemed to have decent enough living conditions.

I also like recommending it to my American friends so that they can learn about Poland in the late sixties. Madame, a late debut of the university scholar Antoni Libera, who specializes in Beckett, is an universally prized novel. Readers who admired Madane Schlink’s The Reader won’t want to miss this scintillating bildungsroman about a.

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I read it through largely because it was the only book I took along on a day vacation. Almost nothing is known about her. But, beyond this, it is the story of teenage angst, a desire for love and freedom, and of passion for the unobtainable.

Showing of 9 reviews. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. The Spanish Civil War aside makes for an interesting historical analysis, though again it does not seem ideally integrated into the novel.

Oct 12, Jana rated it it was ok. I think in case of Libera it is not that bad, although his background seems to be a bit of a hindrance. I just couldn’t get over it. The author has translated Samuel Beckett’s works into Polish. It is so different from what they usually know or t I love this book and keep re-reading it every few years and always find something new in it.

Madame – Antoni Libera

Our protagonist had to finesse and finangle to obtain books and other things for his largely autodidactic education, but he mostly got them. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Jun 19, Monika rated it really liked it Shelves: Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. The realism of these times in communist Poland is also remarkable. La belle Victoire is another nickname — though here we at least learn Madame’s middle name.

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Yes, sometimes he was very anttoni and a little creepy with his obsession, but he was so smart and very self-aware of how ridiculous he was being sometimes. Dec 21, Asif rated it it was amazing Shelves: Najlepszy polski Bildungsroman jaki znam.


Francophiles will especially like this novel as will fans of literary works and those who enjoy great prose and hopeless romantics and also fans of political sagas, theatre, Greek tragedies, and budding young intellectuals.

lbiera The central focus of the book concerns the narrator’s probing into the life of madame and coming to terms with his mad passion for her. Apr 25, David Gilfillan rated it it was amazing. In the telling, great pleasure is taken, in a way that only one who has experienced it can, in libeera the government controlled education system and the inflexibility of the regime and its officials.

The narrator redefines precociousness — yet I found him scaringly easy to identify with. My only real issue with the book, and what makes it less than truly great, is that it is too overwrought.

I would probably give this a 3. The protagonist is a very precocious 18 year-old Polish student. Nov 14, zoe gomez rated it really liked it Shelves: The novel is light, but in its insight into a madme, monotheistic polity it shows how the influence of jazz, and the promise of or withholding of travel to the West shapes events.

The narrator is a high school student, a remarkably erudite boy from a good family alter ego of the author who, as nearly all the students in his year, is in love with a antni headmistress and teacher of French, the mysterious “Madame”.