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Far more celebrated than any of his positivist contemporaries, Henryk Sienkiewicz began as a journalist and achieved considerable renown with his account of a two-year journey to the United States. Between 1882 and 1888 he wrote three historical novels dealing with political and military events in seventeenth-century Poland: With Fire and Sword, The Deluge (1886), and Fire in the Steppe (1888, also translated as Pan Michael). Although superficial in its analysis of historical events, the trilogy gained enormous popularity both in Poland and in other Slavic countries thanks to Sienkiewicz's masterful use of epic techniques and of the seventeenth-century colloquial idiom. Even more popular, if artistically far weaker, was his Quo Vadis? (1896), a novel about Rome in the age of Nero (Sienkiewicz's fame in the West is chiefly based on this work). Another historical novel, The Teutonic Knights (1900), deals with the fifteenth-century struggle between Poland-Lithuania and the Teutonic Order. Henryk Sienkiewicz was awarded The Nobel prize in Literature for 1905 "because of his outstanding merits as an epic writer". (Bowker Author Biography)
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Quo Vadis 3,089 copies, 51 reviews
With Fire and Sword 416 copies, 7 reviews
The Teutonic Knights 284 copies, 8 reviews
In Desert and Wilderness 241 copies, 4 reviews
Fire in the Steppe 226 copies, 2 reviews
The Deluge (complete) 218 copies, 1 review
With Fire and Sword, Vol. 1 60 copies, 1 review
The Deluge (Vol. 1) 54 copies, 1 review
On the Field of Glory 49 copies, 1 review
Without Dogma 45 copies
Children of the Soil 21 copies, 1 review
Latarnik 20 copies
Szkice Węglem 20 copies
The Teutonic Knights (Vol 1) 19 copies, 1 review
Hania 16 copies
Potop. T. 1 15 copies
Short Stories 13 copies, 1 review
In Vain 10 copies
Verhalen 9 copies
Potop Tom 2 9 copies
Potop Tom 3 7 copies
Anielka 1 4 copies
Relatos 4 copies
Monte Carlo 4 copies
Křižáci 3 copies
Nowele Tom 2 2 copies
New soldier 2 copies
Stary sługa 2 copies
Potop: Tom IV 2 copies
Ni Sekvu Lin 2 copies
Krestonostsy 2 copies
LILIANA 2 copies
Nuvele 1 copy
Opere 1 copy
Anna 1 copy
Wesele 1 copy
L'Àngel 1 copy
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Henryk Sienkiewiczs wurde im zum Russischen Kaiserreich gehörigen Teil Polens in der heutigen Landgemeinde Krzywda geboren, als ältestes von fünf Kindern des einfachen Landadeligen Józef Sienkiewicz und der ebenfalls dem polnischen Adel entstammenden Stefania Cieciszowska. Sienkiewiczs Kindheit war geprägt vom Patriotismus seines Vaters, der sich am Kampf für die polnische Unabhängigkeit beteiligte. Nach dem Besuch der Universität, an der er Geschichte und Literatur studierte, arbeitete er zunächst als Hauslehrer. Nach 1872 veröffentlichte er regelmäßig in verschiedenen Publikationen und schrieb unter anderem Satiren, Reportagen und Reiseberichte. Mit dem Roman 'Mit Feuer und Schwert' begründete Sienkiewiczs seinen Ruhm innerhalb der polnischen Literatur. Weltweit bekannt wurde er schließlich mit dem historischen Roman 'Quo vadis?' von 1896. Sienkiewicz (1846-1916) erhielt 1905 den Nobelpreis für Literatur, 'Quo vadis?' war ein wesentlicher Grund dafür.
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