The Ballad of Barnabas Pierkiel

By Magdalena Zyzak
(Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9780805095104, 269pp.)

Publication Date: January 14, 2014

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A story of love and adventure in an imaginary Slavic nation on the brink of historic change--the debut of a ribald and raucous new literary voice

Set in the quaint (though admittedly backward) fictional nation of Scalvusia in 1939, "The Ballad of Barnabas Pierkiel" follows the exploits of a young swineherd with romantic delusions of grandeur. Desperate to attract the voluptuous Roosha, the Gypsy concubine of the local boot-and-shoe magnate, Barnabas and his short-legged steed Wilhelm get embroiled in a series of scandals and misadventures, as every attempt at wooing ends in catastrophe. After the mysterious death of an important figure in the community, a witch-hunt ensues, and a stranger falls from the sky. Barnabas begins to see the terrible tide of history turning in his beloved hometown. The wonderfully eccentric supporting cast includes a priest driven mad by a fig tree, a gang of louts who taunt our reluctant hero at every turn, and a dim-witted vagabond with a goat for a wife. Even as her characters brush up against one of the darkest moments of the twentieth century, Magdalena Zyzak's humor and prose delight in the absurdities of the human animal.




About the Author
Magdalena Zyzak was born in 1983 in Zabrze, Poland, and now lives in the United States." The Ballad of Barnabas Pierkiel" is her first novel.
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