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The Pebble Chance

Feuilletons and Other Prose

Marius Kociejowski


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Kociejowski draws on all the aspects of his life in these engaging, idiosyncratic personal essays ... that] proffer the reader equal measures of autobiography, insight and quirky charm. --Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

In the game of bocce, no matter how intensely you study the world's surface, there is always a chance an unseen pebble will knock your ball in an unexpected direction. In these essays, poet, antiquarian bookseller, and celebrated travel writer Marius Kociejowski chronicles serendipitous encounters with authors, manuscripts, and eccentrics, in which "the curious workings of fate" and "art's unbidden swerve" intervene to shift the course of fortune.

Carried by keen wit, aphoristic prose, and a rich sense of characterization, and featuring chance meetings and comic misadventures with such figures as Bruce Chatwin, Zbigniew Herbert, and Javier Mar as, The Pebble Chance is a sumptuous offering of belles lettres exploring the incandescent moments when skill and providence collide.

Biblioasis, 9781927428771, 208pp.

Publication Date: December 16, 2014

About the Author

Marius Kociejowski, poet, essayist and travel writer, lives in London. He has published four collections of poetry, Coast (Greville Press), Doctor Honoris Causa, and Music's Bride (both Anvil Press). So Dance the Lords of Language - poems 1975-2001 was published in Canada by Porcupine's Quill in 2003. Most recently, he published The Street Philosopher and the Holy Fool: A Syrian Journey (Sutton Publishing), The Pigeon Wars of Damascus (Biblioasis), God's Zoo (Carcanet) and an anthology, Syria through Writers' Eyes (Eland).