By Miron Bialoszewski,Madeline G. Levine

On August 1, 1944, Miron Białoszewski, later to realize renown as one among Poland’s so much cutting 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 all started in a spirit of heroic optimism. Sixty-three days later it got here to a sad finish. The Nazis suppressed the insurgents ruthlessly, decreasing Warsaw to rubble whereas slaughtering a few 200,000 humans, usually via mass executions. The crimson military easily regarded on.

Białoszewski’s blow-by-blow account of the rebellion brings it alive in all its determined urgency. the following we're within the sneakers 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 quintessential and unforgettable act of witness, A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising is additionally a massive paintings of literature. Białoszewski writes briefly, stabbing, splintered, breathless sentences attuned to “the obtrusive identification of ‘now.’” His pages are choked with a white-knuckled poetry that resists the very destruction it records.

Madeline G. Levine has widely revised her 1977 translation, and passages that have been unpublishable in Communist Poland were restored.

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