Here in Our Auschwitz and Other Stories (The Margellos World Republic of Letters) (Hardcover)

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By Tadeusz Borowski, Madeline G. Levine (Translated by), Timothy Snyder (Foreword by)
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The most complete English-language collection of the prose of Tadeusz Borowski, the most challenging chronicler of Auschwitz, with a foreword by Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny
 
“Borowski’s sharp-edged descriptions of life in Nazi concentration camps shatter the limits of even Kafka’s most surreal imaginings.”—Benjamin Balint, Wall Street Journal
 
"The most important work of the most challenging chronicler of Auschwitz.”—Timothy Snyder, from the foreword
 
In 1943, the twenty-year-old Polish poet Tadeusz Borowski was arrested and deported to Auschwitz as a political prisoner. What he experienced in the camp left him convinced that no one who survived Auschwitz was innocent.
 
All were complicit; the camp regime depended on this. Borowski’s tales present the horrors of the camp as reflections of basic human nature and impulse, stripped of the artificial boundaries of culture and custom. Inside the camp, the strongest of the prisoners form uneasy alliances with their captors and one another, watching unflinchingly as the weak scrabble and struggle against their inevitable fate. In the last analysis, suffering is never ennobling and goodness is tantamount to suicide.
 
Bringing together for the first time in English Borowski’s major writings and many previously uncollected works, this is the most complete collection of stories in a new, authoritative translation, with a substantial foreword by Timothy Snyder that speaks to its enduring relevance.

About the Author


Tadeusz Borowski (1922–1951), a Polish poet, short story writer, and journalist, was arrested as a political prisoner and deported to German concentration camps. Madeline G. Levine is Kenan Professor of Slavic Literatures Emerita, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, and an award-winning translator. Timothy Snyder is the award-winning author of On Tyranny and the Levin Professor of History at Yale University.

Praise For…


“Borowski’s sharp-edged descriptions of life in Nazi concentration camps shatter the limits of even Kafka’s most surreal imaginings . . . conducting a conversation with darkness . . . in an icy style that cloaks hot rage.”—Benjamin Balint, Wall Street Journal

“An invaluable collection. . . . Levine’s more comprehensive Borowski, with none of the jagged edges sanded down, will become definitive.”—Dorian Stuber, On the Seawall

“Thanks to Madeline Levine's marvelous translation, we now have in English the most important work of the most challenging chronicler of Auschwitz.”—Timothy Snyder, from the foreword
 



Product Details
ISBN: 9780300116908
ISBN-10: 030011690X
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: September 14th, 2021
Pages: 392
Language: English
Series: The Margellos World Republic of Letters