Andrzej Szczypiorski, , Warsaw, photo. He won enormous renown for his novel Początek / The Beginning, (known in Germany and elsewhere as The. Poczatek [Andrzej Szczypiorski] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Andrzej Szczypiorski’s novel Początek (literally: “The beginning,” but translated into English under the title The Beautiful Mrs. Seidenman) may be read as.

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I am hoping that the following quote, when she is questioned in prison, will illustrate how the author creates such an atmosphere: I understood that the time of partings, good-byes, and eternal fears was beginning. Look past the beautiful, but unblemished and luminous, picture on the book’s cover. It has been beautifully translated so that the language flows smoothly.

And indeed, this is not her story alone. Seidenman, who was bereft of all companionship since her husband’s passing, realizes that the brave acts of friends and neighbors have saved her from certain death, forever grateful.

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If this sounds melodramatic, it isn’t at all – his narrative style is one of cool detachment that occasionally deepens into passion, and this is a gripping and beautiful novel. Szczypiorski uses long, swirling sentences with lists of a world of significant objects, and repetition, as if another verse is starting over.

I was recently looking through an old journal for something else entirely, yet came across this title and author scribbled anfrzej one of the pages. Be the first to ask a question about The Beautiful Mrs.

The well-written book had complex characters thrust into difficult, often tragic, situations. Each chooses his szzczypiorski her poczte path.

I never had the feeling they could be real, which is s This was an interesting novel, set in Poland during WWII, and dealing with a handful of characters, gentile and Jewish. I find it interesting that the person who everyone conspires to save is the woman with blond hair and blue eyes, the “beautiful Mrs. Now, is this a stratagem thought up by foreign publishers to win over Szczypiorski’s tonguetwisting surname?


At one moment, for example, there is this haughty German officer riding his horse, then immediately at the very next sentence you see him now a prisoner of war, dying of sickness szczypiofski hunger. Lists with This Book.

What you find here are indeed beginnings. After all, isn’t that what makes this war so great, the sacrifices so great? Rather than a plot that moves from A to B to C and so on, we weave back and forth as we move from character to character.

There is much death, of course, but humour often Ignore the blurb, the insipid front cover and the title suggestive as it is of the 19thc, and of romance novels. The more I read, the more I appreciated this gem of a book. Za murami Sodomy Journey to the edge of valley pl.: Jul 07, Agnieszka rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is about a Jewish woman living in Warsaw, Irma Seidenman.

They’ll have to take good care of those have already.

The Beautiful Mrs. Seidenman

How do you describe such writing? Forse un po’ troppo raffinato per i szcaypiorski gusti. The characters are predominantly men. He looks like the perfect candidate for the compassionate humanist, with his classical background, his Lucian and Tacitus, but on the other hand, he finds Mrs Seidenman extremely attractive.

Bibliography Behind the walls of Sodom pl.: This was brilliantly achieved. All right, we’re not free.

Początek by Andrzej Szczypiorski (3 star ratings)

This book presents many very intriguing characters, but the author seems so wrapped up in his own ideas about Poles and the future of Poland that he seems to forget he is supposed to be telling a story here. To ask other readers questions about The Beautiful Mrs. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms. Liz Goodwin rated it liked it May 15, Some stick together and fight the oppression, others rat each other out, and still others suffer a noble death in the name of their faith and identity.


We see what is happening from multiple points of view, the Jewish view, the Polish view and even the German view giving the reader an insight into the workings and thinkings of Poland a The Beautiful Mrs Seidnman Andrzej Szczypiorski 3 Stars Set in Nazi occupied Poland in the title character is a Jewish widow who happens to have blonde hair and blue eyes which help her when she is betrayed to the gestapo.

I wonder how many readers out of Poland have heard of Szczypiorski by word of mouth but cannot spell the author right. Every character in this novel – German, Pole, or Jew – is three dimensional in the most human, relateable, and disturbing ways.

She is Jewish but pretending to be Catholic and is betrayed to the Gestapo by a fellow Jew. Oct 03, Tyrese L. It is about Poland, and history and identity, and totalitarianism, and human cruelty.

And yes, I am aware of the problematic categorization I just employed. The views Szczypiorski takes of this time of history, of good and evil, and of individual responsibility for that good and evil are incredibly complex. Hardcoverpages. Dreesie Apr 12, He was a radiologist. Seidenman by Andrzej Szczypiorski.