Stanisław Barańczak is a poet, translator, and literary critic. He won the 2007 Nike Award for the best work of Polish literature published in the previous year and the 2009 Silesius Poetry Award for lifetime achievement. He is a professor of Polish language and literature at Harvard University.
A 19th-century novel that takes in the sweep of three generations caught up in dreams of Polish revolution as well as the hopes, agonies, and yearnings of a panorama of characters. Prus’s book shows the influence of his literary idols, Dickens and Twain. “Rich in episodic figures and observations of daily life in Warsaw, the novel demonstrates 19th-century realism at its best.” —Czesław Miłosz