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A Polish Book of Monsters [Paperback]

Michael Kandel

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Book Description

Dec 1 2010
A Polish Book of Monsters contains five stories of speculative fiction edited and translated from the Polish by Michael Kandel, award-winning translator of the fiction of Stanislaw Lem. From dystopian science fiction to fabled fantasy, these dark tales grip us through the authors' ability to create utterly convincing alien worlds that nonetheless reflect our own.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Piasa Books (Dec 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940962705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940962705
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 21.6 x 1.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #913,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five great stories Feb. 21 2011
By Piotr Konieczny - Published on Amazon.com
As I realized that the official blurb doesn't even tell you what stories are inside, I decided to list them here, and add a short review.

The book contains five stories:
* 'Yoo Retoont, Sneogg. Ay Noo' (org. 'Wróciee' Sneogg, wiedziaam...') by Marek Huberath (excerpts: [...])
* 'Key of Passage' (org. 'Klucz przej'cia') by Tomasz Ko'odziejczak
* 'The Iron General' (org. 'Ruch genera'a') by Jacek Dukaj (excerpts: [...])
* 'A Cage Full of Angels' (org. 'Klatka pe'na anio'ów') by Andrzej Zimniak (excerpts: [...])
* 'Spellmaker' (org. 'Wied'min') by Andrzej Sapkowski

I have read three of those stories in Polish, all were quite good, with the Iron General being excellent (as almost anything written by Dukaj). A thing to note about 'Spellmaker' - it has already been published in English, although under a different title and by a different translator ("Witcher" in "The Last Wish", tr. Danuta Stok). This is the only disappointing feature here, not because it is a bad story, but because I wish Kandel would translate something that hasn't been translated yet. While I haven't read the particular Zimniak's and Ko'odziejczak's stories published here, they are both well known writers, and I've read and enjoyed other stories by them.

Kandel, the editor and translator of this volume, is known to be one of the best Polish-to-English translators. This book contains five very good to excellent stories, and is one of the rare instances when something gets translated into English. Take the opportunity to sample what you are missing... it doesn't come often.

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