Tavern Books Polish Night (Featuring Timmy Straw)

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Tavern Books says
Help us celebrate the release of our newest title, BUILDING THE BARRICADE by Anna Świrszczyńska (translated from the Polish by Piotr Florczyk).

- A reading from the book featuring Timmy Straw
- A Polish buffet made by Tavern Books and Mother Foucault's Bookshop: pierogi, stuffed cabbage, borscht & more

$5 suggested donation for buffet (or, eat free with the purchase of a book!)

About the book:
“'War made me another person,' said Anna Świrszczyńska. Building the Barricade is the outcome of that change in that it took thirty years for these experiences to find their way into language. But the poem is also, undoubtedly, an agent of change, for us well as her. Stanza by stanza we see the speaker transformed, stripped of anything but the terrible truths she is recording.” --Eavan Boland

About Anna Świrszczyńska:
Anna Świrszczyńska was born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1909. She attended Warsaw University where she studied medieval and baroque Polish literature. She began publishing poems in the 1930s. During the Nazi occupation of Poland, Świrszczyńska joined the Polish Resistance and was a military nurse during the Warsaw Uprising. Anna Świrszczyńska died in Krakow of cancer in 1984.

“Anna Świrszczyńska's elemental, extractive accountings of the Warsaw Uprising present a history of pain and of personhood so irremediable and unembellished that neither can be stripped from even the dead. Building the Barricade, harrowing and demanding, here takes its place in English among the twentieth century's master works of war-witness.” —Jane Hirshfield
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