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Swallowing Mercury

Swallowing Mercury

Set in rural south Poland in the 1980s, this novella follows a young girl's passage to adulthood in her village, where folklore lives alongside religious belief and peculiar personal metamorphoses are the norm.

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ISBN 9781846276071
Published 25 January 2017 by Granta Books
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Greg, Wioletta
Translated by Marciniak, Eliza

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ISBN-13 9781846276071
ISBN-10 1846276071
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 7-15 working days
Publisher Granta Books
Imprint Portobello Books Ltd
Publication Date 25 January 2017
International Publication Date 5 January 2017
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Greg, Wioletta
Translated by Marciniak, Eliza
Category General & Literary Fiction
Modern Fiction
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Number of Pages 160
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 9mm
Weight 230g
Dewey Code 891.8538
Catalogue Code 731827

Description of this Book

Wiola lives in a close-knit agricultural community. Wiola has a black cat called Blackie. Wiola's father was a deserter but now he's a taxidermist. Wiola's mother tells her that killing spiders brings on storms. Wiola must never enter the seamstress's 'secret' room. Wiola collects matchbox labels. Wiola is a good Catholic girl brought up with folktales and nurtured on superstition. Wiola lives in a Poland that is both very recent and lost in time. Wiola's life is peculiar. Wiola's life is just a life. Following Wiola's progress from childhood to adolescence, Swallowing Mercury is a novella about the ordinary passing of years filled with extraordinary days. In vivid prose, filled with texture, colour and sound, it depicts an enchanting world of horse-drawn carts and local markets, folk customs and political unrest, freshly-picked cherries and rival cigarette brands. It is a precise and sensitive character study of a clever, strong-willed, thoughtful girl who grows into a unique young woman, both an observer of and a participant in her world.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

WIOLETTA GREG is the author of six volumes of poetry and a novella, Swallowing Mercury, translated here into English for the first time. Her poetry collection, Finite Formulae & Theories of Chance, was shortlisted for the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize. She lives in Essex. ELIZA MARCINIAK is an editor and translator. She lives in London.

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