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Andrzej Stasiuk

Nine - Novel

Original Polish title: Dziewiec, published in 1999 by Czarne
(German title: Neun)
ca. 300 pages
Clothbound
2002
Andrzej Stasiuk
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Andrzej Stasiuk, born 1960 in Warsaw and raised there, lives in the Beskides since the year of 1986. He writes poems, stories, novels, also works as a journalist and script author and together with his wife Monika Sznajderman directs the publishing house Czarne located in Wolowiec. He has received numerous literary awards, among them the Samuel Bogumil Linde Prize for Literature (2002), the Nike Prize (Poland, 2005) for On The Road to Babadag, the Adalbert Stifter Prize (2005), the Vilenica Prize and the Austrian State Prize for European Literature (2016).

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Nine is an existential crime novel as well as a major work of art.

»Nine is a brilliant novel from one of Europe's finest writers. It tells of a post-communist generation of young Poles among whom the strictures of the old collide daily with the freedom of the new, adrift in moral space and disconnected from family, neighbours, and friends. It is the story of Pawel, a young businessman, in debt to loan sharks, seeking help from former friends, many of whom are now prominent in the city's drug-dealing underground. And of Warsaw, a hostile landscape of apartment blocks, factories, and suburban wastelands, ›a city that at nine-thirty goes to ground, coming to a halt, and giving time to those who have nothing to do.‹ In prose that is at once colloquial and lyrical, Stasiuk portrays a people in transition and a nation in the re-making. In the process, he has created an existential crime novel as well as a major work of art.« (book description from the English edition by Harvill Secker)

Praise

»A major work of modern fiction [...] He's an accomplished stylist with an eye for the telling detail that brings characters and situations to life [...] Like the Dublin of Joyce's Ulysses, the city itself becomes a central personality of the book [...] I caught a flavor of Hamsun, Sartre, Genet and Kafka in Stasiuk's scalpel-like but evocative writing« Irvine Welsh, New York Times Book Review

»Harnessing the shape-shifting, paranoid ambience of Kafka, not as a means to pass comment on totalitarianism but on the void (political and social) created in its wake [...] impressive for the quality of its prose (Stasiuk is fantastic at listless, urban desolation) [...] a rewarding despatch from a country undergoing enormous change.« Claire Allfree, Metro

»Paints a vivid and disturbing picture of contemporary life in Poland [...] offers a sobering vision of the new face of central Europe in a narrative that is at once hallucinatory, haunting and abject.« Publishers Weekly

»A brilliantly written, if dark and sombre, tale of life in Warsaw in the nineties [...] a must read.« Evening Herald

»The author has smoothly transposed his animistic view of the world, his inspired depiction of landscapes and objects from Dukla to the big city. That is what is really heroic about this novel.« Frankfurter Rundschau

Other publications

Dojczland/Dojczland (2008)

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Fado/Fado (2008)

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Unterwegs nach Babadag/On the Road to Babadag (2005)

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Mein Europa/My Europe (2004)

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Galizische Geschichten/Galician Tales (2002)

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Wie ich Schriftsteller wurde/How I Became a Writer (2001)

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Die Welt hinter Dukla/Dukla (2000)

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