Swimming in the Dark (Paperback)Tomasz Jedrowski (author)
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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.
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
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 184 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'A lyrical exploration of the conflict between gay love and political conformity. Jedrowski is an authentic new international star' - Edmund White
'Marvellous, precise, poignant writing; the reader is happy to be overwhelmed. The highest talent at work' - Sebastian Barry
'An enthralling debut' - Tash Aw
'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' - The 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' - The Guardian
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