The Eighth Day Of The Week

The Eighth Day Of The Week The author s first novel originally published in Poland in translated into languages and made into a film It gave voice to the disenchantment of the younger generation growing up under Commu

  • Title: The Eighth Day Of The Week
  • Author: Marek Hłasko Marek Hچasko
  • ISBN: 9780436200397
  • Page: 489
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The author s first novel, originally published in Poland in 1956, translated into 15 languages and made into a film It gave voice to the disenchantment of the younger generation growing up under Communism and tells of two young people searching for somewhere to consummate their love.

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    1. This novella shine with an unexpected eloquence. The themes are worn but this work proves itself invaluable. I have likely owned this one for a few years, thanks to the Ost-Europe challenge, I rescued it from our library upstairs and I admit to finding myself touched by Marek Hlasko's abbreviated life.His tale is one of greasy windows and a cold longing. Subtract a few variables and the story is universal.

    2. After a long chase that went on through three countries and two languages, I finally managed to get a (second hand) copy of 'The Eighth Day of the Week'. Upon reading this novella, I'm happy to say that the chase was worth for Hłasko's book is a good catch indeed.I'm writing this review sitting at a diminutive table in the tiny kitchen of my little sixth floor flat in the Varsovian district of Praga Połnoc. From the window on my left hand side I overlook a vast empty space left in the middle o [...]

    3. Inteligente, mordaz, irónico, sarcástico y casi surrealista y absurdo. GENIAL"There are places on Earth where every day is a century""I want to believe in people. In the end, that is the most important thing of all""Life always holds the threat of separation, but deathn joins forever""Who can tell whether each truth is not at bottom the greatest obcenity of all""How can we reconcile feelings with dirty hands""Cynicism is coming-and fast to be the sole morality""I'm not a bit interested, I'm ju [...]

    4. Hlasko was a Polish James Dean with flippy pomp-hair, dangling cigarette, consciously-styled toughness. He was a vagrant, a vandal, a party crasher,a wife-borrower and not a very good returner. The feeling the book gives is kind of like hanging with guys like him, only about a thousand times more harsh. I put this in my noir shelf only because Hlasko is Polish and even the happiest Polish stories are freaking dark as the damned.

    5. A durable novella full of rough cynicism skirting around the edge of despair. The characters seem to spin around the gravitational force of a black hole — but is that black hole the postwar Communism of Eastern Europe in the 1950s, or is it personal failing, and is one tied up with the other? Hlasko was apparently among the badder of many literary bad boys. His writing had a rough-hewn strength. That could come in part from the directness of Slavic language. It also resembles both brutalist ar [...]

    6. A moving story of young people warped by the ugliness all around them in Communist Poland. Agnieszka and Pietrek are in love, but for want of a private space they can't consummate their relationship. Pietrek, who was denounced and spent time in prison for no obvious reason, is the weaker of the 2. Agnieszka, on the other hand, shoulders heavy burdens at home: her mother is a bitter invalid, and her brother Grzegorz spends all his time getting drunk in bars, supposedly waiting for his mistress to [...]

    7. This was a quick, easy read. I enjoyed it for what it was. That being said, it was an extremely depressing book. Everything about it frustrated me. The society depicted by the author was literally just about the most undesirable place on the entire planet. Not a single tidbit of a word in the entire book had a positive connotation associated with it. The constant drunkenness, blatant sexism, and overall negativity served to make this the most depressing book I have ever read. I believe it was me [...]

    8. Wiem, że to polskie, na wskroś polskie, z jednej strony przez tą polskość mi bliskie, z drugiej strony – bardzo egzotyczne. Wiem, że tak w Polsce było, nie aż tak dawno temu przecież. I cieszę się, że teraz już tak nie ma. Tą egzotyczność zauważam jakoś dziś zwłaszcza, kiedy obchodzimy kolejną rocznicę wstąpienia do UE, kiedy będziemy niedługo świętować 25 lat wolności i ta szarość pokazana przez Hłaskę daje po oczach. Szare życie, szara rzeczywistość, depr [...]

    9. I picked up The Eighth Day of the Week the debut novel from Marek Hlasko at a Bookcrossing meeting a year ago. I picked it up because when I was a film student I rather enjoyed Polish films from the same time period but I really didn't know anything about Polish literature.The novel is a frustrated romance between Agnieszka and Pietrek. They want a moment together to consummate their relationship but where can they find the time when everyone is struggling just to meet the basics of life? Agnies [...]

    10. Choć w odróżnieniu od innego opowiadania Hłaski ("Amor nie przyszedł dziś wieczorem") autor przedstawia historię dwojga młodych ludzi, finał, jak zwykle u autora "Pętli", utrzymany jest w mrocznej tonacji. Oś akcji to nie tylko relacja Agnieszka-Piotrek, ale również temat nieszczęśliwej miłości jej brata, oczywiście szukającego pocieszenia w alkoholu. Jak spytałby autor, gdzie indziej można by go szukać? Jest to historia stanowiąca rozwinięcie, może parafrazę najbardzie [...]

    11. I absolutely love this book. There is a lot of speculation as to whether or not Hlasko had a ghost writer, or not. I don't care who wrote this book. Agnieszka is one of my favorite literary characters of all time. The book itself is incredibly depressing, but remember the time period that we're dealing with here: Poland was just destroyed by WWII. The mother is literally dying of a broken heart -- she's been completely incapacitated by the war. Everyone is aging prematurely (again, the war.) The [...]

    12. This elegantly-written novella, set in Poland around the time of Stalin's death, tells the story of a young couple looking for somewhere to make love, just like the Polish people were looking for somewhere to live their lives under strict communist rule. A real gem of a tale, something you can sit down and enjoy in one sitting.

    13. Vic Bobb told us this book would make us want to throw ourselves in front of a train. He was right. (I tried to crawl into the dryer and turn it on, but my roommate refused to put in the quarters). It's beautifully written; but a smidge depressing.

    14. read this a long time ago but remember enjoying it greatly - about drunks in bars, frustrated lovers, a dad with his eye on retirement. Excellent.

    15. Interesting portrait of the communism reality and of the Polish culture seen from the eyes of a young couple who must wait just to have a place of their own for one night. Very harsh but well written

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