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Jerzy Franczak: Da capo

Jerzy Franczak
Da capo
Translated by Tatjana Jamnik
208 pp.
Format: 129x198 mm
Published by KUD Police Dubove
Year of publication: 2018
Editoon: Eho, 17
ISBN 978-961-7020-31-1
ISBN 978-961-7020-36-6 (epub) 
Retail price: 19,90 € 
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Is Da Capo a rollicking adventure in the spirit of Roman Polanski’s Frantic, replete with a young femme fatale and a man with nothing left to lose? Is it an unflinching examination of dysfunctional family relationships (both with one’s parents and with one’s wife/child) and a valiant attempt to salvage something from them? An inside look at the seedy underbelly of Krakow’s bars and night life? A lesson in how to get fired from your corporate office job? Well, it’s all of these things, obviously, as well as a sequel to Franczak’s previous Wydawnictwo Literackie publisher’s success, The Inhuman Comedy – the new novel’s protagonist is the brother of the previous one’s. Franczak’s great achievement here is to have not sat content with writing a gripping novel that young people will identify with. He has upped the stakes by also making this a novel that takes emotional risks, and demonstrates a universal comprehension of human interaction way beyond his years. 

[Frankfurt Book Fair 2010]

The hero of Da capo is first a timid child dominated by the people that surround him, next a sex maniac condemned to compulsive acts of masturbation, and finally a lifelong loser who, after a series of catastrophes at work and in his marriage, goes back home to his parents’ place, where he is unexpectedly embraced by his father, who had terrorized him in his youth, even managing, in the end, to come to love that once-hated man. Da capo is thus a work that is somehow characteristic of young, contemporary Polish literature. It shows how its protagonists have trouble defining their own identity, trouble with their entrance into the social forum, and ultimately trouble evaluating themselves; the traumas connected with this evaluation often have their origins in a defective family and are passed down from father to son. 

[New Books From Poland 2010]

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