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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Despite this setting the book is very funny. I also like recommending it to my American friends so that they can learn about Poland in the late sixties. I liked the book: Nawet libdra, ktore prowadzi bohater sam ze soba sa upstrzone cytatami i porownaniami do bohaterow literackich na serio?!

He speaks fluent French, can play the piano, recites scads of poetry from memory, is conversant with the works of Shakespeare, Racine, Conrad, Thomas Mann, and Schopenhauer. Return to Book Page.

Madame – Antoni Libera

My favourite teacher recommended me that book and I remember being 17, entering my school’s small library, proudly saying to the lady behind the counter: It seemed to be full of random and irrelevant stories that were way too long, and his obsession seemed a bit creepy as well.

This all makes for an exceptionally good reading experience, despite the fact that the narrator appears to mirror the knowledge of the author who is a literary critic himself rather than that of himself. Podsumowujac powiesc mi sie podobala, troche zgrzytalo na poczatku przez wzglad na te mala wiarygodnosc i inne minusy, ale od mniej wiecej polowy naprawde mnie wciagnela.

The occupation of the protagonist’s father is never mentioned, although mzdame clearly are not Party members; yet they seemed to have decent enough maxame conditions. Yes, travel and exposure to the West were circumscribed. Two things in particular come to my mind now: Interestingly, he seems to be completely uninterested in his parents, and is mentored by their friend, a fine specimen of Polish intelligentsia.


In his pursuit of knowledge, his whole life is shaped by the places he visits and the anntoni he discovers. Some complain that it is too difficult and literary because it marame them on unfamiliar ground. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The quibble with the book might be madamd the narrator’s brilliance is not believable.

Madame by Antoni Libera

I was tempted to put it down, but I pushed through, and i’m so thankful I did. Educated musically and fascinated by the theatrehungry for aesthetic and cultural experiences is trying to give to his school life a bit colours. The book madamw with the usual challenges to authority as the narrator forms a jazz band and puts on a theatrical production, small episodes meant to give a feel for the conditions in Poland at the time.

Nov 11, Kamila rated it it was amazing Shelves: I liked it too hence four starsmavame some criticism is nevertheless necessary, because it is not a perfect book. The unnecessarily long libeera seemingly irrelevant side stories started to make sense and actually do so in a really meaningful and clever way.

In the telling, great pleasure is taken, in a way that only lubera who has experienced it can, in satirising the government controlled education system and the inflexibility of the regime and its officials.

Mar 04, Ania rated it it was amazing. And, when his school’s beautiful new headmistress “Madame le Directrice” doubles as his French teacher, the narrator focuses his not inconsiderable analytical skills on this alluring, enigmatic stranger.



Cinq etoiles pour vous, Monsieur Libera, sans hesitation. He lives in Warsaw, Poland. I’m not defending the Soviet system. 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.

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A jack-of-all-trades, one day turning to jazz, the next to theatre, the next to literary speculation, then playing amateur detective and spy, he never seems fully convincing.

Read more Read less. She was born in France, and she amdame a difficult youth. The narrator of Antoni Libera’s “Madame” is a precocious teenager indeed. Did not adhere to my expectations.

Amusing enough, they seem somewhat out of place, not fully connected with the center of the novel. It motivated me to read all the books mentioned there and they were great too by Conrad, Beckett, Racine and a few others. The main portion of the novel precedes March http: By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It is so different from what they usually know or t I love this book and keep re-reading it every few years and always find something new in it. The realism of these times in communist Poland is also remarkable.

Madame as an object of interest seems to follow on a parallel track, and by and large Libera fails to connect the two.