By Miron Bialoszewski
On August 1, 1944, Miron Białoszewski, later to achieve renown as considered one of Poland's so much leading edge poets, went out to run an errand for his mom and bumped into historical past. With Soviet forces at the outskirts of Warsaw, the Polish capital revolted opposed to 5 years of Nazi career, an rebellion that begun in a spirit of heroic optimism. Sixty-three days later it got here to a sad finish. The Nazis suppressed the insurgents ruthlessly, lowering Warsaw to rubble whereas slaughtering a few 200,000 humans, commonly via mass executions. The pink military easily seemed on.
Białoszewski's blow-by-blow account of the rebellion brings it alive in all its determined urgency. the following we're within the footwear of a tender guy slipping again and forth less than German hearth, dodging sniper bullets, collapsing with exhaustion, rescuing the wounded, burying the useless. An integral and unforgettable act of witness, A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising is additionally a big paintings of literature. Białoszewski writes in brief, stabbing, splintered, breathless sentences attuned to "the obvious identification of ‘now.'" His pages are jam-packed with a white-knuckled poetry that resists the very destruction it records.
Madeline G. Levine has broadly revised her 1977 translation, and passages that have been unpublishable in Communist Poland were restored.
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