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The Faithful River by Stefan Żeromski

The Faithful River (1912)

by Stefan Żeromski

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Originally published in 1912, this lyrical novel is set in a manor house in central Poland during the January Uprising of 1863 to 1864, when a volunteer Polish army futilely fought the Russian occupation. A wounded soldier appears outside the house and is cared for by Salomea, the young ward of the absent owners, who has been left in the manor with an aged servant. As the two strive to conceal the soldier's presence during brutal and invasive visits by the Russians, Salomea finds herself falling in love with her patient.… (more)



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This story reminded me a lot of two other famous Polish books, Quo Vadis? and The Painted Bird. All three deal with an intimate circle of characters who find themselves trapped in a world beseiged by war and genocide, and struggle to their limits to survive it. For its age, the book is very graphic in its description of violence and (implied) sex. The prose flows (like a faithful river?) and while some might find it a little melodramatic at times, it's keeps very close and true to the people in it. Based on the January Uprising in Poland during the mid 19th century. ( )
  palaverofbirds | Mar 29, 2013 |
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Johnston, BillTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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