His Current Woman
Publication Date: April 2002
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Pawel Kohoutek, veterinarian and womanizer, looks out the window one morning to see his mistress approaching his house. That's bad. She is hauling her suitcase (containing her books) and her backpack (containing everything else she owns). That's worse. So Kohoutek does the only thing he can: He hides his current woman in the attic of the family slaughterhouse. Farce ensues as Kohoutek attempts to hide the woman from his eccentric family, their lodgers, and various offbeat visitors. A best-seller in Jerzy Pilch's native Poland, "His Current Woman" is an enjoyable literary send-up of what often passes for love.
About the AuthorJerzy Pilch is one of Poland's most important contemporary writers and journalists. In addition to his long-running satirical newspaper column. Pilch has published several novels, and has been nominated for Poland's prestigious Nike Literary Award four times; he finally won the Award in 2001 for The Mighty Angel. His novels have been translated into many languages, and in 2002, Northwestern University Press published His Current Woman, Pilch's only other book in English translation.
Johnston is the director of the Polish Studies Center at Indiana University in Bloomington.