The Mighty Angel

The Mighty Angel

By Jerzy Pilch; Bill Johnston (Translator)

Open Letter Books, Hardcover, 9781934824085, 155pp.

Publication Date: April 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 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.

Bill Johnston is Director of the Polish Studies Center at Indiana University. In addition to Jerzy Pilch, he has translated the work of Witold Gombrowicz, Magdalena Tulli, and Stefan Zeromski, among others. In 1999 he received a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship for Translation, in 2005 he was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, and in 2008 he won the inaugural Found in Translation Award--presented annually to the translator of the finest Polish-English literary translation of the year--for Tadeusz Rozewicz's New Poems.