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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This time I feel sad that it’s over, even if I come back to Madame it won’t be the same, you can only read a book for the first time once. The narrator and the convention in which the story is told might require getting used to. The author has translated Samuel Beckett’s works into Polish. I love this book and keep re-reading it every few years and always find something new in it. Madame is skilfully written and the subtle backdrop of communism is interesting and convincing.

I also like recommending it to my American friends so that they can learn about Poland in the late sixties. Her thesis was on the work of Simone de Beauvoir; our narrator was, of course, already familiar with a number of works by Beauvoir. This work mzdame Polish critic Libera tells a wonderfully evocative tale about school life and the grim reality of living under Communist rule. Try and get a form from an American governmental clerk without madams like you are asking them to give blood.

Get to Know Us. Not without some reward though. I’m only saying a this book paints Polish education in a shade different from what I imagined; and b there are shades here as well if we’d only look.

Madame was like this every day for the past week.

Madame – Antoni Libera

At first, I hated this book. My favourite teacher recommended me that book and I remember being 17, entering my school’s small library, proudly saying to the lady behind the counter: The novel conveys a decent picture of Poland and specifically Warsaw at the time, though politics are largely secondary. Noted director Libera brings in some fine theatrical touches and interesting literary digressions on poetry, drama, Schopenhauer, and the Spanish Civil War.


From toLibera was one of the editors of the magazine “Puls”, and from to he was a literary director at the Dramatic Theater in Maxame. I found some scenes unrealistic. A determined and personable researcher, the narrator manages to worm a good deal of information out of various people.

Much is also made of the longing for the West.

It is, above all, an exploration of language. The quibble with ajtoni book might be that the narrator’s brilliance is not believable. It was probably some “desert island books” kind of list, because there was no discussion of the book, only a mention from a reader that Madame was her favorite Polish-language book and furthermore probably her madaem any-language book.

Madame tells the story of a self-absorbed Polish teenager as he pursues intellectual maturity, and the woman of his dreams, his French teacher ‘Madame’, in the communist-dominated Warsaw of the early s. How sad that this is the author’s only book. I did love the way the plot developed in the end, and was so pleased with how realistic the ending was which I will not spoil.

English Choose a language for shopping. I loved Madame so much as well, I probably wouldn’t if she was actually my teacher, but her story was inspiring, and every interaction with her left me wanting to shut someone’s stupid answer down, dress elegantly, and wear some Channel no. Will he be ever happy? This book made me want to learn french, memorise every book in my library, and jump up on a stage and a recite an unprepared and clever speech perfectly.


He also makes this brimful novel a telling.


A book that I did not want to end, beautifully written, poignant, funny, deep and intellectually challenging. Nov 14, zoe gomez rated it really liked it Shelves: Libera is best known for his translations and productions of Samuel Beckett’s plays.

This time is different, way different! Antonj note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers. French in its desires. No trivia or quizzes yet.

I love the form, language, plot and characters. I love how Libera shows how the seeds of our interest and adult achievements are planted when we are in our teens.

Our hero—never named but one assumes the novel is semi-autobiographical—is an intellectual, as well as a talented musician thanks to this novel I discovered the music of Ray Charles!

The judgement is, also, ultimately not convincing, the character always more well-rounded than he describes himself here, intellect and reason never dominating imagination and passion.

I liked it too hence four starsbut some criticism is nevertheless necessary, because it is not a perfect book.

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Nov 27, Dorothy rated it it was amazing. Educated musica Set in the sixties in Polish People’s Republic and told from the perspective of the high-school graduate Madame is a beautifulmultifacetedlarded with digression on literaturemythology and arttale about growing up.

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Some say that critics should not become authors The narrator of Antoni Libera’s “Madame” is a precocious teenager indeed.