Madame tells the story of a charmingly self-absorbed teenager as he pursues sexual and intellectual maturity--and the woman of his dreams--in Communist-dominated Warsaw of the early '70s. His French teacher, "Madame," is the object of both his affections and aspirations as news of the Cultural Revolution in the West seeps through the Communist walls. Libera paces his exuberant young hero's fulminations, fantasies, and discoveries beautifully, building a remarkably subtle characterization of a free mind in a repressive culture. Recalling The Graduate and even the romantic films of Truffaut, Libera gives us one of the most wily, unforgettable, and unabashed young narrators in contemporary fiction.
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In this exceptionally good novel Libera uses the infatuation of a precocious schoolboy with his French teacher to contrast the drab and corrupt culture of postwar Poland with the sparkle of French ... Read full review
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A Polish "The Graduate," this story takes place in the time of Communist Poland. The narrator is a precocious student, well-versed in French and literature, and the tale of his relationship with his ... Read full review