Finite Formulae & Theories of Chance

Finite Formulae & Theories of Chance Bilingual English Polish EditionOne Hundred Years Since The Outbreak Of The First World War, Wioletta Greg Traces The Seams Of A Family History Through A Century Of Life, Death, Love And Tragedy With Passion And Humour From The Lives Of Her Grandparents In Early Twentieth Century Poland, Through Two World Wars, To Her Own Experiences As A Migrant Living On The Isle Of Wight. Two thirds poems, one third diary like prose fragments The poems are probably best read after Gregorszewska s semi autobiographical 2017 novella with its inapt change of title in English They also focus on her family spanning the 20th century and her time growing up in 1980s rural Silesia, with some aspects of everyday technology comparable to the early 20th century in Britain They have the same enchanting Bruno Schulz like magic in which eccentricities and sweetness are amplified to create memorable characters Knowing about these people s life stories from elaborations in the prose book augments understanding of and connection to the poems, and there are many cross references both to scenes hunting for scrap metal with teenage classmates, her ageing father feeding bees, making feather bedding and motifs especially sweet flags and iris, as well as generally Polish elements like mushroom picking, and a great many names of plants Plenty to look up here, especially botanical and fascinating oddments like a bombilla, an early reusable straw Again the narrative voice carries a sense of self assurance, and features like the narrator s relationship with her father, outdoor escapades and an unspoken disregard of the patriarchal culture of the time that makes many pieces seem as if they could have just as easily been by a male writer A few poems, for which the later book provides no background, fe

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  • Paperback
  • 128 pages
  • Finite Formulae & Theories of Chance
  • Wioletta Greg
  • English
  • 25 March 2018
  • 9781908376916