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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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Madame by Antoni Libera

The teenage narrator plays a sleuth, trying to discover as much as possible about his French teacher and madame la directriceand while doing so, learns the implication of being an adult in post-Stalinist Poland. He lives in Warsaw, Poland. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. 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.

Oct 12, Jana rated it it was ok. Not much that might be an Antonni teen’s usual fare. Noted director Libera brings in some fine theatrical touches and interesting literary digressions on poetry, drama, Schopenhauer, and the Spanish Civil War. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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He discovers the family drama spanning several decades, the example of people’s fate decided by political circumstances. There are, despite my general good impression, some faults for which Libera was criticized by many readers. Later, during a stint as a teacher-in-training in his old school, he discovers that he himself has become a legendary figure to a new generation of students, and he begins to understand the deceits and blessings madaame myth, and its redemptive power.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In the antlni, great pleasure is taken, in a way that only one who has experienced it can, in satirising the government controlled education system and the inflexibility of the regime and its officials.

La belle Victoire is another nickname — though here we at least madake Madame’s middle name. This was a wonderful surprise, as I picked this book up as a souvenir in a beautiful book store in Krakow, and I learned much more about Poland than I was expecting. However, I learned a lot from the part describing the war in Spain in the ‘s!


Put this one already on the list of this year’s.

A book that I did not want to end, beautifully written, poignant, funny, deep and intellectually challenging. Liberw not adhere to my expectations.

The young man plays sleuth, too, and this is not always believable. He never named is a fledgling writer whose artistic energies stimulate him to form a high-school jazz group inspired by. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Madame la Directrice, thirty-one when she takes over the class, has long been the subject of speculation among the students. Above all though, it is a heart-warming tale of amour-fou. Libera is best librea for his translations and productions of Samuel Beckett’s plays.

But, beyond this, it is the sto A book that I did not want to end, beautifully written, poignant, funny, deep and intellectually challenging. If you read Polish, consider reading these reviews http: Jul 15, Marion rated it it was amazing. The next anfoni the protagonist’s handling of his super-crush on “Madame” with long passages from Mavame and references to chess.

And she will do a lotreally a lot to get out of the communist paradise… Deliberations on libdrapoetry, music and on the other antono Рboredom and crumminess. The story itself is interesting and wonderfully executed, but Libera weaves in threads about chess, literature, language, history, and politics, making the book a nearly nonstop educational experience. I love how Libera shows how the seeds of our interest and adult achievements are planted when we are in our teens.

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Madame – Antoni Libera

This novel introduced me to growing up in Communist Poland where the big rebellions had been suppressed. Jun 19, Monika rated it really liked it Shelves: In his pursuit of knowledge, his kibera life is shaped by the places he visits and the things he discovers.

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I just couldn’t get over it. There are wonderful exchanges between the two in class, often in French but easy enough to follow. His world is only partially dominated by the politics of the day most notably in terms of the school administration, though in a few other situations the Polish condition also rears its ugly head. Please provide an email address. He also makes this brimful novel a telling critique of the consequences of both myopic anti-intellectualism and as the narrator remarks when studying an exhibition of Picasso nudes, “man’s.

Through these various tangents, however, we learn a great deal of Polish history and, more importantly for me, we get a sense of where we are. Also I think that if a young boy had “his Madame” in his life an ideal womanhe might have unrealistic standards and may be looking for her in other women Madame is skilfully written and the subtle backdrop of communism is interesting and convincing.


Maeame my Polish friend she is a former literature teacher in Poland favorite book, and I can understand why. Enclosed within myself, inaccessible, locked in the impregnable armour of my brain, I was nothing but irony and superficial wit, the eternal court jester, the buffoon.

We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any masame measure. Statuesquewith impeccable mannerscold and inaccessibleexuding an aura of mystery.

No wonder that soon becomes a real obsession for studentstheir unsurpassable idealicon and antonk. Our protagonist had to finesse and finangle to obtain books and other things for his largely autodidactic education, but he mostly got them.

Set in Poland in the Communist era, it is the story of an adolescent’s unrequited love for his French teacher.

In translation it was equally engrossing. Showing of 9 reviews.