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Wartime Notebooks: France, 1940-1944 Hardcover – 4 Jan 2019

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  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 1 edition (4 January 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300176716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300176711
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.1 Kg
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Bobkowski is a marvelous discovery! Thanks to Laura Engelstein and Grazyna Drabik's sparkling translation, we can read his diary of wartime France, which brims with detailed, lavish, and ironic observations of the German occupation and of the French and his fellow Poles." - Norman M. Naimark, Stanford University

"Andrzej Bobkowski's Wartime Notebooks offer a fascinating perspective on European history in the middle of the twentieth century, a brilliant young Polish intellectual in France reflecting on the fate of Europe, as Poland and then France itself were conquered by the Nazis. Bobkowski's detailed observations and philosophical reflections illuminate what it meant to be Polish, what it meant to be European, and what it meant to live, observe, and survive in Nazi Europe. The notebooks allows us to understand how Eastern Europe and Western Europe were related and reconciled in the understanding of one striking European intellectual, helping us to envision a more complete intellectual history of Europe as a whole." - Larry Wolff, New York University, author of Inventing Eastern Europe and The Singing Turk

About the Author

Andrzej Bobkowski (1913–1961) was born in Austria, raised in Poland, spent World War II in occupied France, and died in Guatemala. Grazyna Drabik teaches literature at City College of New York. Laura Engelstein is professor of Russian history emerita at Yale University.

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