Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Get Latest Book News + FREE Shipping. Subscribe to the Boomerang Books Bulletin eNewsletter right now!

Description - The Noonday Cemetery and Other Stories by Gustaw Herling

The Noonday Cemetery & Other Stories, selected by Herling himself shortly before his death in 2000, is a collection of thirteen brilliant stories spanning the last twenty years of his life. His novel The Island was published to great acclaim in 1993, and his memoir, A World Apart, is among the most powerful accounts of life in the Soviet gulag. Volcano and Miracle, published in 1996, contains short fiction and prose writings from his Journal Written at Night. But nowhere before have Herling's best stories-and Herling was indeed a master of the short story-been compiled and published in English translation. In "The Noonday Cemetery," an eerie graveyard on an Italian hillside overlooks the sea and hides the secrets of a murder (or suicide?). "Beata, Santa" describes the plight of a young Polish woman raped by Serbs, who is pressured by the Catholic Church to keep her child. In "A Madrigal of Mourning," a Russian woman musicologist becomes obsessed with Carlo Gesualdo (1560-1613), Prince of Venosa, a madrigalist and murderer. These timeless stories, dealing with moral, often historical, subjects and written in passionate, deeply affecting prose, affirm without a doubt the assessment by The Boston Globe that Herling is "a writer of stylistic mastery and moral depth, who deserves to be placed among the best in any language."

Buy The Noonday Cemetery and Other Stories by Gustaw Herling from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780811216395
ISBN-10: 081121639X
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 134mm x 20mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date: 16-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United States

Other Editions - The Noonday Cemetery and Other Stories by Gustaw Herling

Book Reviews - The Noonday Cemetery and Other Stories by Gustaw Herling

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Noonday Cemetery and Other Stories book by Gustaw Herling and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review

Author Biography - Gustaw Herling

Gustaw Herling was born in 1919 in Kielce, Poland. In 1940, he was captured by the Russians and spent two years in a Soviet labor camp. After WWII, he founded the Polish magazine Kulture, which virtually sustained Polish culture during Communist rule. He settled finally in Naples, where he died in 2000. Bill Johnston is the leading translator of Polish literature in the United States. His translation of Tadeusz Rozewicz's new poems won the 2008 Found in Translation Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Poetry Award.