Swimming in the Dark (Paperback)
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Swimming in the Dark (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages
Published: 18/02/2021
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Forbidden love behind the Iron Curtain in Jedrowski’s sensual, moving novel as two Polish party workers fall in love at an agricultural camp but must find a way to hide their passion when they return to political life.

Shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize 2021

You were right when you said that people can't always give us what we want from them.

Poland, 1980.

Anxious, disillusioned Ludwik Glowacki, soon to graduate university, has been sent along with the rest of his class to an agricultural camp. Here he meets Janusz - and together, they spend a dreamlike summer swimming in secluded lakes, reading forbidden books - and falling in love.

But with summer over, the two are sent back to Warsaw, and to the harsh realities of life under the Party. Exiled from paradise, Ludwik and Janusz must decide how they will survive; and in their different choices, find themselves torn apart.

Swimming in the Dark is an unforgettable debut about youth, love, and loss - and the sacrifices we make to live lives with meaning.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781526604989
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 184 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Marvellous, precise, poignant writing; the reader is happy to be overwhelmed. The highest talent at work - SEBASTIAN BARRY

An enthralling debut - TASH AW, TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

A remarkable, beautiful tale ... Utterly new and entirely credible ... This book radiates sensuality, humour, and human truths … Swimming in the Dark is sensual and immersive, and Ludwik’s sentimental education is so well described that the reader is left wanting more. You won’t want to miss it - LITERARY REVIEW

Elegant, compelling and full of melancholy beauty ... I will keep it on my shelves alongside novels by Alan Hollinghurst, Edmund White and other classics in the gay canon - EVENING STANDARD

One of the most astonishing contemporary gay novels we have ever read … extraordinarily beautiful, enrapturing and poignant … Erotic, mesmeric, heart-rending and brutal, this is a masterpiece - ATTITUDE

A young Polish author who writes rather miraculously in English, of which he has magisterial and frankly, Conradian command - Guardian, Books of the Year

New Year, New Writers … Swimming in the Dark is an unforgettable debut about youth, love, and loss - and the sacrifices we make to live lives with meaning - Foyles.co.uk

Beautifully judged, very moving, passionate ... I was completely gripped - PATRICIA DUNCKER

Captivating both for its shimmering surfaces and its terrifying under-deep. I began reading, and soon realized I wouldn’t be doing anything else that day. I needed to see these boys, these lovers, through to the end. Tomasz Jedrowski is a remarkable writer, alive to the ramifications of history and politics, in which the violence of a corrupt state can never fully stamp out the flourishing of beauty, grace and resistance - JUSTIN TORRES, bestselling author of We the Animals

The surprise of Swimming in the Dark lies in its intimate ambivalence - that it captures the pleasures of everyday life behind the Iron Curtain as well as the privations. A beautiful, captivating love story that deepened my understanding of life in communist era Poland - Jessica Shattuck, New York Times bestselling author of The Women in the Castle

A lyrical exploration of the conflict between gay love and political conformity. Jedrowski is an authentic new international star - EDMUND WHITE

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“An all-consuming love story...”

Set in 80’s Poland during the political uprising against communism, it tells the story of Ludwik and Janusz, how they meet at summer camp and fall in love with each other.

This is a beautifully told, tender love... More

Hardback edition
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“Longing, love and separation in Soviet era Poland”

A slew of great gay fiction has emerged in recent years for me to swoon over - Call Me By Your Name, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous and I've now happily added Swimming in the Dark to my list of favourites.... More

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“Swimming and maybe Love as well!”

This is a story about homosexual love in Poland when it was still under communist control in the 1960s. The central character, Ludwik Glowacki, has a first teenage relationship with Beniek – who turns out to be Jewish... More

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