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The Ballad of Barnabas Pierkiel: A Novel

Zyzak, Magdalena

Verlag: Henry Holt and Co., 2014
ISBN 10: 0805095101 / ISBN 13: 9780805095104
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Titel: The Ballad of Barnabas Pierkiel: A Novel

Verlag: Henry Holt and Co.

Erscheinungsdatum: 2014

Einband: Hardcover

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "Make way for Magdalena Zyzak! She writes in a way uniquely her own and approaches the English language with the joy and reverence of her countryman Joseph Conrad. The Ballad of Barnabas Pierkiel is a heady drink." Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story "A rude, lewd, passionate and wildly funny modern folktale, reminiscent of Swift, Garcia-Marquez and Isaac Bashevis Singer. The Ballad of Barnabas Pierkiel is a stunning debut."--T.C. Boyle "Like the best folktales, Magdalena Zyzak's debut has a rollicking wit and a strange melancholy undertow that pulls you into a dark and deeply imagined world." --Jenny Offill, author of Last Things and The Dept. of Speculation "In her first novel, Polish American author Zyzak serenades her readers with the tale of Barnabas Pierkiel. Zyzak's unique storytelling style evokes the timeless magic of a fairy tale, even as her colorful characters and eye for the absurd break that convention into distinctly modern pieces." Booklist "The book starts with a dirty joke and ends with a bloody battle, and in between lies a great deal of carefully measured absurdist humor.a picaresque novel in the vein of Don Quixote , with shades of the Marx Brothers, Monty Python and Nikolai Gogol thrown in. reads like a better-educated version of a Mel Brooks movie, complete with gypsy curses and Nazis." Kirkus Review "A wild, imaginative farce.Dostoevsky conflated with Woody Allen.It will infuriate as many readers as it delights." -- Publishers Weekly. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_0805095101

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A story of love and adventure in an imaginary Slavic nation on the brink of historic change?the debut of a ribald and raucous new literary voice

Set in the quaint (though admittedly backward) fictional nation of Scalvusia in 1939, The Ballad of Barnabas Pierkiel follows the exploits of a young swineherd with romantic delusions of grandeur. Desperate to attract the voluptuous Roosha, the Gypsy concubine of the local boot-and-shoe magnate, Barnabas and his short-legged steed Wilhelm get embroiled in a series of scandals and misadventures, as every attempt at wooing ends in catastrophe. After the mysterious death of an important figure in the community, a witch-hunt ensues, and a stranger falls from the sky. Barnabas begins to see the terrible tide of history turning in his beloved hometown. The wonderfully eccentric supporting cast includes a priest driven mad by a fig tree, a gang of louts who taunt our reluctant hero at every turn, and a dim-witted vagabond with a goat for a wife. Even as her characters brush up against one of the darkest moments of the twentieth century, Magdalena Zyzak's humor and prose delight in the absurdities of the human animal.

Über den Autor: Magdalena Zyzak was born in 1983 in Zabrze, Poland, and now lives in the United States. The Ballad of Barnabas Pierkiel is her first novel.

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