Balances notions of love with genuine feelings of concern and remorse. This singular and timeless Polish masterpiece stands among world literature's enduring achievements. Irish Times
Boleslaw Prus (1847-1912) was the pseudonym of Aleksander Glowacki, Poland's prominent realist writer and essayist. Three of his other major novels-The Outpost, The Emancipated, and Pharaoh-have also been translated into English. Stanislaw Baranczak is a poet, literary critic, scholar, editor, and lecturer. His book Chirurgiczna Precyzja (Surgical Precision) won the 1999 Nike Award David Welsh's translations include A Dreambook for Our Time by Tadeusz Konwicki, Cloak of Illusion by Stanislaw Dygat, and Black Torrent by Leopold Buczkowski.