Postal Indis­cre­tions: The Cor­re­spon­dence of Tadeusz Borowski

Tadeusz Drewnows­ki, ed; Ali­cia Nitec­ki, trans.
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By – December 9, 2011

In 1943, the Gestapo arrest­ed Tadeusz Borows­ki, a young stu­dent and writer. A polit­i­cal pris­on­er, he was first sent to jail and then to Auschwitz. There, and in the oth­er camps in which he was impris­oned, he wit­nessed the atroc­i­ties of the Holo­caust, report­ed in his sear­ing short sto­ries, notably This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen.” 

Tadeusz Drewnows­ki, Borowski’s biog­ra­ph­er, has pub­lished Postal Indis­cre­tions, a col­lec­tion of let­ters to and from Borowk­si, to prompt reeval­u­a­tion of the author’s work. Large­ly per­son­al, the let­ters record the tur­moil and con­fu­sion of post­war Europe, as well as Borowski’s attempts to recon­struct his life. In 1952 he com­mit­ted sui­cide. Appen­dix­es, index, notes, photos.

Maron L. Wax­man, retired edi­to­r­i­al direc­tor, spe­cial projects, at the Amer­i­can Muse­um of Nat­ur­al His­to­ry, was also an edi­to­r­i­al direc­tor at Harper­Collins and Book-of-the-Month Club.

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