The Polish Boxer

By: Halfon, Eduardo

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188pp. Small 8vo. Illustrated wraps, author has signed his name only to the title page. Book is unread, tight, clean, straight, and gift quality. Book translated by Daniel Hahn, Ollie Brock, Lisa Dillman, Thomas Bumstead, and Anne McLean. Book originally appeared in Spanish in 2008.


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"Elegant" --Marie Claire

"Funny and revelatory." --New York Times Book Review

"Deeply accessible, deeply moving." --Los Angeles Times

The Polish Boxer covers a vast landscape of human experience while enfolding a search for origins: a grandson tries to make sense of his Polish grandfather's past and the story behind his numbered tattoo; a Serbian classical pianist longs for his forbidden heritage; a Mayan poet is torn between his studies and filial obligations; a striking young Israeli woman seeks answers in Central America; a university professor yearns for knowledge that he can't find in books and discovers something unexpected at a Mark Twain conference. Drawn to what lies beyond the range of reason, they all reach for the beautiful and fleeting, whether through humor, music, poetry, or unspoken words. Across his encounters with each of them, the narrator--a Guatemalan literature professor and writer named Eduardo Halfon--pursues his most enigmatic subject: himself.

Mapping the geography of identity in a world scarred by a legacy of violence and exile, The Polish Boxer marks the debut of a major new Latin American voice in English.

Eduardo Halfon was named one of the best young Latin American writers by the Hay Festival of Bogot and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the prestigious Jos Mar a de Pereda Prize for the Short Novel. The Polish Boxer, his first book to appear in English, was a New York Times Editors' Choice selection and finalist for the International Latino Book Award. Halfon is currently the Harman Writer in Residence at Baruch College in New York and travels frequently between his homes in Nebraska and Guatemala.

Title: The Polish Boxer

Author Name: Halfon, Eduardo

Categories: Fiction,

Edition: First

Publisher: New York, Bellevue Literary Press: 2012

ISBN Number: 1934137537

ISBN Number 13: 9781934137536

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Fine

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: 0002226