God's Horse and The Atheists' School
In spare, precise prose, Dichter brings to life the tensions between ideologues and pragmatists, Polish patriots and their Soviet masters. These evocative novels also provide a psychologically persuasive and profoundly moving portrait of the narrator. The author's alter ego, supported by his stalwart and overly indulgent mother, possesses the tenacity to transform himself from an awkward, traumatized child survivor into an unsettled but eventually independent-minded young man.
Northwestern University Press, 9780810127937, 392pp.
Publication Date: February 29, 2012
About the Author
Normal0falsefalsefalseEN-USX-NONEX-NONEBorn in what is now Ukraine in 1935, Wilhelm Dichter survived the war in hiding, then lived in Warsaw until leaving Poland for the US in 1968. His first book, God’s Horse, was published in 1996 and nominated for the Nike Prize, followed by The Atheists’ School in 1999 and English Lessons in 2010.
Madeline G. Levine is Kenan Professor of Slavic Literatures Emerita at UNC – Chapel Hill. Among the books she has translated are A Scrap of Time and Other Stories by Ida Fink (Northwestern University Press, 1995), The Woman from Hamburg and Other True Stories by Hanna Krall (2005), and several volumes of prose by Czeslaw Milosz.