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A Life of Solitude: Stanislawa Przybyszewska, a Biographical Study with Selected Letters Paperback – April 1, 1989
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From Publishers Weekly
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There is a lot to identify with here, and if Przybyszewska's self-admitted, honest egoism is a little hard to take, I suspect that it is because she broaches many of the same questions that most people ask themselves in their twenties. She surrounded herself with narratives of great legends and, eventually, found herself living in their realities rather than her own. Before this, though, she spent a great deal of time questioning whether or not she could become one of them, and this is the value of her letters. She identified herself, in them, as both a Raskolnikov-type figure, and as the person in history who understood Robespierre better than anyone else. (Just in case you missed the joy of being twenty-one:)
If these identifications feel a little overblown from the outside, though, they are qualified by Przybyszewska's own realization that these identifications are necessary to her commitment to the writing process. "The Danton Affair" is proof enough that this approach- when she managed to finish her projects- met with incredible success. This play, with "Thermidor," shows an incredible grasp of human characters in the middle of events that are constantly threatening to accelerate beyond their control.Read more ›