Nine (Hardcover)

By Andrzej Stasiuk, Bill Johnston (Translator)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9780151010646, 240pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2007



Pawel, a young businessman in debt to loan sharks, wakes up one April morning in a sea of debris, broken glass, ripped upholstery, and clothes spilling out of the wardrobe. He turns to two friends for help: Bolek, a former coal miner, now a drug dealer who lives in tasteless luxury; and Jacek, an addict, who is himself on the run through Warsaw, a washed-out city, a hostile landscape of apartment blocks, railroad stations, wild gardens, factories, and suburban wastelands.In this novel Andrzej Stasiuk portrays a generation of Poles, freed from outdated ideologies but left feeling adrift and disconnected from family, neighbors, and friends. At once existential crime fiction and a work of art, Nine establishes Stasiuk as a major voice in European literature.

Praise For Nine


"It is not at all a stretch to say that Andrzej Stasiuk is to Eastern European literature what Borges and Márquez are to the literatures of South America: a voice of unique, transcendent quality and supra-regional permanence."—THE ABSINTHE LITERARY REVIEW

"In Nine, Stasiuk returns to the city of his birth, and with stunning results."—FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG (Germany)

"The technique is masterly, and the carefully calibrated atmosphere of dread and threat beautifully sustained."