The Polish Boxer
The Polish Boxer
Eduardo Halfon

Translated by Ollie Brock

Recommended by Paul, City Lights Books

"This strange and beautiful book at the outset defies definition. It is neither a collection of short stories or a novel but rather a tapestry of loosely connected movements that, when taken together, compose something haunting and enigmatic. The narrator, named, like the author, Eduardo Halfon, never seems to be in one place, nor is the time line clear. He is a literature professor tracking down a talented student, and a young man daring to ask his grandfather about the numbers tattooed on his arm, and then, in the longest narrative arc, a traveler searching the brothels of Belgrade for a gypsy pianist who may or may not be an old friend. But in almost all of these encounters, Halfon glides over the climactic and decisive moments, instead focusing almost entirely on the events leading up to a future we never have the privilege to visit. Rather than being inconclusive and unsatisfying, however, Halfon passionately and lyrically illustrates the significance of the journey and the beauty of true mystery. The Polish Boxer is sublime and arresting, and will linger with readers, who will be sure to revisit it again and again." --Sarah Hunter

Title The Polish Boxer
Author Eduardo Halfon
Translated by Ollie Brock
Publisher Bellevue Literary Press
Title First Published 03 September 2012
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 192 p.
ISBN-10 1934137537
ISBN-13 9781934137536
Publication Date 03 September 2012
Main content page count 192
Weight 16 oz.

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