A contemplative story of growing up, the inevitable passage of time, and destiny. What seems to be a charming book for young people about children from the pre-war Vilnius Region is, in truth, a story about disillusionment and shattered ideals. Konwicki, in a long interview entitled Half Century of Purgatory, would maintain that Russification and Sovietization were one and the same, although he stressed that he was still fascinated by the great works of Russian literature. Like all his works, it contains many autobiographical sections and follows the hero who not long ago fought the Red Army as he matures into an acceptance of the idea of socialism. Finnish translation and introduction by Taisto Veikko.
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The action takes place in a Polish village somewhere on the Sola River. A huge presence in the novel is that of the nearby forest. It was in the forest that many people hid from the Nazis during the war. It was also in the forest that Polish partisans operated during wartime; that Hitler was said to have hidden the "gold of the Jews"; A Dreambook for Our Time is a vividly told, character-driven narrative about the lives of a group of Polish adults in the late s, about the time of Sputnik.
It was also in the forest that Polish partisans operated during wartime; that Hitler was said to have hidden the "gold of the Jews"; and that one Huniady, a partisan turned bandit, was said to have his hideaway. In the present day action of the story, the local residents are bracing themselves for the eventual inundation of the valley by a new dam now under construction.
We first come across our narrator as he lies recovering from a suicide attempt in the parlor of his landlady, Miss Malvina.
The main characters of the novel are pretty much all introduced in this scene. The story is for the most part about the daily grind of the main characters, who do not by any means strive to live the "examined" life.
They drink ungodly amounts of vodka on the slightest pretext and in their cups act out in the most absurd ways. But who can blame them? The war has traumatized them all, some severely. There are a number of flashbacks to wartime situations in which his backstory is elucidated. Dreams intrude on daily life, but they are never indistinguishable from reality. It is a "dreambook" after all. But that was not the case. Highly recommended for the discerning reader. Not a beach read.
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