Marek Hlasko, born in 1934, was a representative of the first generation of writers to come of age in post-Holocaust Poland. Known for his brutal prose style, he fell out of favor with Communist authorities in the 1950s and spent the rest of his life as a wandering exile until his death in 1969. His translated works include the novels Killing the Second Dog, Eighth Day of the Week, Next Stop–Paradise, and The Graveyard, and a memoir, Beautiful Twentysomethings. His novel about Israel, All Backs Were Turned, will be published by New Vessel Press in December.

Searching for the Stars

‘We were told that everybody has to watch.’ Harrowing fiction from Polish great Marek Hlasko, in a first English translation.

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