The Mighty Angel

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The Mighty Angel

By Jerzy Pilch; Bill Johnston (Translator)

Open Letter Books, Hardcover, 9781934824085, 155pp.

Publication Date: April 15, 2009


The funniest and most poignant book about alcoholism you'll ever read. Eighteen times Jerzy has woken up in rehab. Eighteen times he's been released. In rehab, he collects the stories of his fellow alcoholics in an effort to tell the universal, and particular, story of the alcoholic and his motivations.

About the Author
Jerzy Pilch is one of Poland's most important contemporary writers. In addition to his long-running satirical newspaper column, Pilch has published several novels, and has been nominated for Poland's NIKE Literary Award four times; he finally won the Award in 2001 for "The Mighty Angel."

Bill Johnston is Director of the Polish Studies Center at Indiana University and has translated works by Witold Gombrowicz, Magdalena Tulli, Wieslaw Mysliwski, and others. He won the Best Translated Book Award in 2012 and the inaugural Found in Translation Award in 2008.