Madame: A Novel [Antoni Libera, Agnieszka Kolakowska] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In a novel set in Soviet-era Poland, a boy is . A review and a link to other reviews of Madame by Antoni Libera. Madame by Antoni Libera – book cover, description, publication history.

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In French class Madame and the narrator also duel it out, the narrator trying to interpret each of the Ice Queen’s actions and libear in schoolroom scenes that could take place most anywhere. Please try again later. The action takes place in Warsaw of the ‘s. This book made me want to learn french, memorise every book in my library, and jump up on a stage and a recite an unprepared and clever speech perfectly.

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The atoni is a high school student, a remarkably erudite boy from a good family alter ego of the author who, as nearly all the students in his year, is in love with a school headmistress and teacher of French, the mysterious “Madame”.

I think in case of Libera it is not that bad, although his background seems to be a bit of a hindrance. Cinq etoiles pour vous, Monsieur Libera, sans hesitation.

Share your amtoni with other customers. I am not sure if it was technically meant to show the distance of the author from the narrator and, at the same time, his youth. Our hero—never named but one assumes the novel is semi-autobiographical—is an intellectual, as well as a talented musician thanks to this novel I discovered the music of Ray Charles!

He is a Polish writer, translator, literary critic, and theater director. It’s such a Warsaw story, I was glad I had been to Warsaw and could see in my mind the paths of the characters in the story.

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The story is told by a precocious high-school student who, madams everyone else in his class, becomes fascinated and enamored with the new French teacher, who is beautiful, intelligent, and exotic, but also cold and mysterious. To ask other readers questions about Madameplease sign up. I came upon the book Madame in a thread on the Chicklit message boards. And she will do a lotreally a lot to get out of the communist paradise… Deliberations on artpoetry, music and on the other side – boredom and crumminess.


The protagonist is a very precocious 18 year-old Polish student. This is one of those rare novels which reminds us why we love books. No faith except in reason, no sensibility, only sense. The narrator at one point breaks out in teenage Angst; surprisingly there is only one such crisis. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs.

And true also was the fact that teachers and their superintendents had to toe the Party line. Yet this still remains a fascinating novel and intriguing for the most part.

One of the best books I ever read and I wish that the Author would write more novels like that. This time I feel sad that it’s over, even if I come back to Madame it won’t be the same, you can only read a book for the first time once.

Some complain that it is too difficult and literary because it puts them on unfamiliar ground. Clever, long, and Polish in its inclinations.


Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Along the way our liberq stages and watches plays, sees movies, reads books and these are related in sometimes excruciating detail. I rate it and usually think “ok, another one done, thick. Do you think our hero ever did meed Madame afterwards? The narrator redefines precociousness — yet I found him scaringly easy to identify with.

I will concede that it has its flaws: Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Did not adhere to my expectations. This book, perhaps, filled a hole in my knowledge of 20th century Poland. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from mdaame restaurants. There are, despite my general good impression, some faults for which Libera was criticized by many readers.


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Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? I love how Libera shows how the seeds of our interest and adult achievements are planted when we are in our teens.

Oct 05, Bram Van Langen rated it it was ok. The first pages offer fairly pointless reminiscences of schooldays. Every time I finish a book I think whether I liked it or not Madame, a late debut of the university scholar Qntoni Libera, who specializes in Beckett, is an universally prized novel. The List Essentially a vision of a life-changing teenage crush, Libera’s debut novel.

Madame – Antoni Libera

Returning to the scene of his earlier adventures as a teacher in training the libear closes with a sort of redemption. There are wonderful exchanges between the two in class, often in French but easy enough to follow. In delving into the French teacher’s life, the love-struck teenager and the reader are taken on a voyage that includes knowledge about the Spanish Civil War of the s, Polish repression of artists, Picasso’s work, Racine’s Phedre, relations between Franch and Poland during the Cold War, and discussions of the relationship between language and reality.

Mar 08, Adrian Fulneczek rated it really liked it. The character is searching for his identity and his purpose, without lingering to discover whether any of his undertakings might offer a clue regarding them. He also makes this brimful novel a telling.