Virtual Event: Tomasz Jedrowski in conversation with Christopher Bollen

Tomasz Jedrowski will discuss his book Swimming in the Dark with Christopher Bollen, author of A Beautiful Crimeon Sunday, August 23rd at 2 pm Central Time.

This discussion will be hosted on Zoom. After completing your purchase you will receive an email confirmation for your order, and a follow up email with log-in information will be sent before the event begins. For questions, please email matt@unabridgedbookstore.com

“Captivating both for its shimmering surfaces and its terrifying depths. Tomasz Jedrowski is a remarkable writer.”  — Justin Torres, bestselling author of We the Animals

Set in early 1980s Poland against the violent decline of Communism, a tender and passionate story of first love between two young men who eventually find themselves on opposite sides of the political divide—a stunningly poetic and heartrending literary debut for fans of André Aciman, Garth Greenwell, and Alan Hollinghurst.

When university student Ludwik meets Janusz at a summer agricultural camp, he is fascinated yet wary of this hand­some, carefree stranger. But a chance meeting by the river soon becomes an intense, exhilarating, and all-consuming affair. After their camp duties are ful­filled, the pair spend a dreamlike few weeks in the countryside, bonding over an illicit copy of James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room. Inhabiting a beautiful, natural world removed from society and its con­straints, Ludwik and Janusz fall deeply in love. But in their repressive Communist and Catholic society, the passion they share is utterly unthinkable.

Once they return to Warsaw, the charismatic Janusz quickly rises in the political ranks of the party and is rewarded with a highly coveted government position. Ludwik is drawn toward impulsive acts of protest, unable to ignore rising food prices and the stark economic disparity around them. Their secret love and personal and political differences slowly begin to tear them apart as both men struggle to survive in a regime on the brink of collapse.

Shifting from the intoxication of first love to the quiet melancholy of growing up and growing apart, Swimming in the Dark is a potent blend of romance, postwar politics, intrigue, and history. Lyrical and sensual, immersive and intense, Tomasz Jedrowski’s indelible and thought-provoking literary debut explores freedom and love in all its incarnations.

Tomasz Jedrowski is a graduate of Cambridge University and the Université de Paris. Born in Germany to Polish parents, he has lived in several countries, including Poland, and currently resides outside Paris. This is his first novel.

 

 

 

 

 

Christopher Bollen is the author of Orient, which was an NPR Best Book of the Year, and the critically acclaimed Lightning People. He is the editor at large of Interview magazine. His work has appeared in GQ, the New York TimesNew York magazine, and Artforum, among other publications. He lives in New York City.

 
Swimming in the Dark: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062890009
Availability: Available, order here for delivery or pickup.
Published: William Morrow - April 28th, 2020

A Beautiful Crime: A Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062853882
Availability: Available, order here for delivery or pickup.
Published: Harper - January 28th, 2020

Event date: 

Sunday, August 23, 2020 - 2:00pm

Event address: 

Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657
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