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Coming Spring

By Stefan Zeromski

Publication Year: 2007

The Coming Spring (Przedwiosnie), Zeromski's last novel, tells the story of Cezary Baryka, a young Pole who finds himself in Baku, Azerbaijan, then a predominantly Armenian city, as the Russian Revolution breaks out. He becomes embroiled in the chaos caused by the revolution, and barely escapes with his life. Then, he and his father set off on a horrendous journey west to reach Poland. His father dies en route, but Cezary makes it to the newly independent Poland. Cezary sees the suffering of the poor, yet his experiences in the newly formed Soviet Union make him suspicious of socialist and communist solutions. He is an outsider among both the gentry and the working classes, and he cannot find where he belongs. Furthermore, he has unsuccessful and tragic love relations. The novel ends when, despite his profound misgivings, he takes up political action on behalf of the poor.

Published by: Central European University Press

Cover

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pp. 1-3

Title Page

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p. 4-4

Copyright Page

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p. 5-5

Contents

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pp. v-6

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Introduction

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pp. vii-xiii

The Coming Spring was Stefan Żeromski’s last novel. Finished in September 1924, it was published in the last days of that year (with a 1925 publication date); Żeromski died on November 20, 1925. For most of his life Żeromski had been engaged in the cause of Polish independence and in issues of social...

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A Genealogy

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pp. 1-11

It’s not a question here, dammit, of a coat of arms! Nor of a long line of ancestors with the backs of their heads shaved in the old noble style, sporting drooping Sarmatian1 moustaches and curved swords; nor of coiffured great-grandmammas in low-cut dresses. A father and a...

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Part One: Houses of Glass

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pp. 13-126

Czaruś had just turned fourteen and graduated from the fourth class to the fifth when Seweryn Baryka was called up to serve as an officer in the reserve. War had broken out. Rapidly, in the space of a few days, the family idyll was shattered. Cezary found...

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Part Two: Nawłoć

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pp. 127-323

Arriving at the very heart of Poland—in other words Warsaw, its capital—Cezary Baryka had found no houses of glass either in the city or on the way. He didn’t even dare ask anyone about them. He realized that before his death his late father had played a painful joke on him. Nevertheless...

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Part Three: The Wind from the East

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pp. 325-413

Upon his return to Warsaw Cezary Baryka enrolled once more in his medical studies and took up residence, at his own invitation, in the room of one of his fellow students, a certain Buławnik. This Buławnik came from a line of innkeepers or small-town profiteers, as a result of which he was always...

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p. 429-429


E-ISBN-13: 9786155211300
Print-ISBN-13: 9789637326899

Page Count: 429
Publication Year: 2007

Edition: 1st
Series Title: CEU Press Classics

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