The Polish Boxer

The Polish Boxer

Eduardo Halfon Thomas Bunstead Lisa Dillman Daniel Hahn Anne McLean / Jun 16, 2019

The Polish Boxer The Polish Boxer covers a vast landscape of human experience while enfolding a search for origins a grandson tries to make sense of his Polish grandfather s past and the story behind his numbered tatt

  • Title: The Polish Boxer
  • Author: Eduardo Halfon Thomas Bunstead Lisa Dillman Daniel Hahn Anne McLean
  • ISBN: 9781934137536
  • Page: 350
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Polish Boxer covers a vast landscape of human experience while enfolding a search for origins a grandson tries to make sense of his Polish grandfather s past and the story behind his numbered tattoo a Serbian classical pianist longs for his forbidden heritage a Mayan poet is torn between his studies and filial obligations a striking young Israeli woman seeks answerThe Polish Boxer covers a vast landscape of human experience while enfolding a search for origins a grandson tries to make sense of his Polish grandfather s past and the story behind his numbered tattoo a Serbian classical pianist longs for his forbidden heritage a Mayan poet is torn between his studies and filial obligations a striking young Israeli woman seeks answers in Central America a university professor yearns for knowledge that he can t find in books and discovers something unexpected at a Mark Twain conference Drawn to what lies beyond the range of reason, they all reach for the beautiful and fleeting, whether through humor, music, poetry, or unspoken words Across his encounters with each of them, the narrator a Guatemalan literature professor and writer named Eduardo Halfon pursues his most enigmatic subject himself.Mapping the geography of identity in a world scarred by a legacy of violence and exile, The Polish Boxer marks the debut of a major new Latin American voice in English.Eduardo Halfon has been cited as among the best young Latin American writers by the Hay Festival of Bogot and is the recipient of Spain s prestigious Jos Mar a de Pereda Prize for the Short Novel In 2011 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship to continue the story of The Polish Boxer, which is his first novel to be published in English He travels frequently to his native Guatemala and lives in Nebraska.

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      • Eduardo Halfon Thomas Bunstead Lisa Dillman Daniel Hahn Anne McLean

        Eduardo Halfon was born in 1971 in Guatemala City He studied Industrial Engineering at North Carolina State University, and later was professor of Literature at Universidad Francisco Marroqu n, in Guatemala.In 2011 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship to work on continuing the story of The Polish Boxer, which is the first of his novels to be published in English, by Bellevue Literary Press in the U.S and Pushkin Press in the U.K.His novels include Esto no es una pipa, Saturno De cabo roto El ngel literario El boxeador polaco and La pirueta, which won the Jos Mar a de Pereda Prize for Short Novel in Santander, Spain His short fiction has been published in English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Serbian, and Dutch He has taught literature at Guatemala in 2007 the Bogot Hay Festival listed him as one of 39 best young Latin American writers.


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    1. I loved this book. Without saying much about the full storylines here (you really have to experience this book yourself), I read this book twice -- the first time through I didn't like the disjointed feel of the book, but then when I got to the ending, something the author said made me think that perhaps I should go back and read it again. The light bulb over my head flashed on after the second read and I realized that what is important in this book is not that there are little stories wrapped u [...]


    2. I must have been cross-eyed when I read the title. I thought this was going to be about a guy who makes shiny coffins. The Box Polisher.


    3. Here is another one of those novels in which the narrator is some fictionalized reflection of the novelist himself. And there are moments in which, just as in certain other similarly crafted books by other male authors, I was frustrated by the self-absorbed unreflective masculinity of the narrator and, I imagine, the novelist himself. I cannot say that I like the Halfon in this book, or that I feel too much tenderness toward the writer himself, or his attitude toward the female people in this bo [...]


    4. Hay historias lineales, sencillas, que te van narrando las cosas a manera de líneas que siguen un camino directo a un punto al final del café. Pero cuando te tomas el último sorbo descubres que esas historias no solo te han contado una anécdota, te han enseñado cómo fue construida, cómo te distrajeron (como esa gambeta de Ronaldinho que aún nos sorprende), como apuntaban a otro lugar, como se relacionaron con aquello que siempre quisiste decir.El libro inicia con un profesor de Creación [...]


    5. En un principio me desconcertó. No fue sino hasta el tercer cuento que logré comprender esa sutileza con la que Halfon hilvana los relatos. Ese murmullo de río subterráneo que se agolpa en cada una de sus páginas.Demomios. ¡Qué bien puede escribir este cabrón!Releí como desesperado nuevamente los primeros cuentos. Saboreando cada giro que se quedaba a medias, porque eso hace, ahí donde crees que viene la palabra certera, el golpe, el toque, Halfon gira el torso tres cuartos y deja pasa [...]


    6. despite having written just shy of a dozen works of fiction, eduardo halfon has already received a number of notable accolades (including a guggenheim fellowship and being named as one of the prestigious bogotá 39). the guatemalan-born's first "novel" to be translated into english, the polish boxer (el boxeador polaco), is a contemplative and cultivated effort in autobiographical fiction. neither novel nor short story collection really, halfon's book weaves together loosely connected threads of [...]


    7. D: You're reading about a Polish boxer?Me: Well, not really . .D: Then what's it about?Me: It's sort of about a Guatemalan literature professor, and Sarajevo, and Gypsies, and Auschwitz, and Mark Twain conferences, and what literature is, and a woman who draws pictures of her orgasms, and . . .D: Do you like it?Me: I have no idea.



    8. The size of this Bellevue Literary Press, first english edition, published in 2012, is 5 inches x 71/2 inches, and just about 1/2 inch thick. It’s so unobtrusive that it fit easily inside my purse. Translated by five collaborators [from Guatemalan Spanish?], the page length comes in under 200 pages. “Distant,” the first story, kicks off in the first person: a college literature professor (named Eduardo Halfon) opens the school year before a class of students who make him wonder “if this [...]


    9. This was the first book in a long time to make me cry. I was reading it in public and couldn't help myself. But it is neither sentimental nor tragic without hope. It made me cry because the details are so perfect, so simple, and all too human. Once again, Bellevue Literary Press strikes gold. You can basically read anything they publish and be guaranteed a gem.


    10. mytwostotinki/?p=1693No, the tattooed six-digit number visible on the arm of the narrator's grandfather is not his phone number as he tells his grandson - it is his inmate number from Auschwitz.Eduardo Halfon, the narrator/author of The Polish Boxer is a literature professor at a college in Guatemala that seems to be rather frustrated by his job. Year after year he is teaching students that don't take the slightest interest in literature - but the rare exceptions make up for this disappointment. [...]


    11. I really enjoyed the Polish Boxer for its flagrant disregard for literary expectations of any kind. Halfon plays and yet is serious. He write about very sombre and serious topics - the Holocaust, discrimination against Gypsies, the many many Serbian wars - but more generally about displacement, physical, psychological, spiritual, metaphysical. And yet he also plays with these serious things - using a character who is so baffled and confused by language barriers and cultural clashes that all of t [...]


    12. literary interconnected short stories, literary in that they are written by and about a guatemalan literature prof named eduardo halfon, as he chronicles his classes, mostly dull, his girlfriend, mostly hot, his meeting a serbian pianist, mostly intriguing, and his grandpa, saved in Auschwitz by a polish boxer's good advice. lots of good details of food and drink, art, landscapes (from central america to belgrade gypsy brothels) family, religion, and memories. this is his first translated to eng [...]


    13. This was recommended on a list of must read books and the review just raved about it and the synopsis sounded interesting. Truth is, I really didn't like it. Like, at all. I was so bored and it never engaged me. I was purposefully going through it as fast as I could just so I could finish it so it would end!! Guess it just wasn't for me.


    14. I gave this book 4.85 stars at InsatiableBooksluts. I was provided a reader copy by Bellevue Literary Press.Review excerpt:"Halfon’s characters (and it feels weird to call them characters because I assume they are real people) all enchant the reader–Lía, who draws her orgasms; Juan Kalel, a brilliant poet confined by life in a tiny village; his grandfather, who always told his grandchildren that the number tattooed on his arm was his phone number, so he wouldn’t forget it–but the one th [...]


    15. The Polish Boxer is either a sloppy pastiche or the future of literature. Is it fiction, memoir, fictionalized autobiography? I suspect Halfon, who is hailed on the cover copy as one of Latin America's hot young writers, doesn't really care. But he is certainly someone to watch. (This is his first book in English.)Apparently, Polish Boxer is intended as installment in some combination of memoir and family history, with chapters on teaching literature to uninterested students in Guatemala, having [...]


    16. Halfon warns readers at the outset--via a classroom discussion between his narrator and students--that this novel will be bilevel--a surface story and a hidden story. The surface seems straightforward and somewhat plotless, but is very smartly written and keeps the reader's interest. The hidden story?--well, that sort of depends on the reader, eh? I'm still thinking about it. What we have in front of us is a narrator who 'pretends' to be the author himself and his interest in a half-Gypsy pianis [...]


    17. My second book of Halfon and I am really enjoying it! This was even better than the first I read. They are connected in theme. It is partly biographical but of course it is fiction. I laughed a lot while reading - the characters he writes about - they seem so real - and they might be. I hope more people will read his works. He is american and bilingual but writes in spanish. Just great in all senses.


    18. As a brief change from thrillers & mysteries I read this "narrative" of short stories. Halfon writes with a light, expert touch and his work has been superbly translated. Readers who like this book would also like Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, a collection of short stories by award-winning author Ben Fountain.


    19. I really loved this book more than I thought I would. Something was just so perfectly simple yet magical about it and I was sad when it was over. I can see myself rereading this book in an attempt at an escape from the mundane. I hope more of his books get translated into English!


    20. Please see my review for The Jewish Journal, based on a complimentary review copy provided by the publisher.


    21. Review by Sam Ruddock - Summer Reads ProducerThere is a passage in The Polish Boxer in which the narrator, a Guatemalan literature professor and writer named Eduardo Halfon, tells a musician he has just met about his take on revolutions. I am, he says, ‘fascinated by internal rather than external revolutions…how and why someone is pushed toward a revolution of the spirit, whether it be artistic or social or whatever, strikes me as a far more honest search than all of the spectacle that follo [...]


    22. I read this book in Japanese translation, borrowing it from a local library. (I'm sorry that I post this here, but I couldn't find any proper space.) The translator's note says the Japanese version is actually a recompilation of short pieces from the authors three different books ---- "The Polish Boxer", "La pirueta" and "Monasterio". The protagonist always having urges to move around makes the whole book so dynamic that I was kept turning pages. One travel shows he is a good literature teacher. [...]


    23. I had to reread some of this book before I could review - to me it was not an easy read - translated from Spanish to English - there are several, interconnected short stories that seem to be the author's fiction memoir, a Guatemalan literature professor - some serious topics about exploring the meaning of life




    24. This novel read almost like short stories. It was very disjointed. I liked some parts while other parts bored me. Wasn’t really bad - but confusing.


    25. Este livro de cento e poucas páginas mostra um autor mais identificado com a literatura europeia. Um livro de contos que pode ser encarado, também, como uma narrativa única. No centro de tudo, o conto que dá o título do livro, a história do avô, sobrevivente de Auschwitz, com seu número tatuado. 69752. Segundo o avô, seu número de telefone, que estava escrito no braço para que dele não se esquecesse. É o melhor conto do livro.Fumaça branca, por sua vez, deu origem a outro livro, Mo [...]


    26. Translated by Thomas Bunstead, Lisa Dillman, Daniel Hahn, Anne McLean, and Ollie Brock "The Polish Boxer covers a vast landscape of human experience while enfolding a search for origins: a grandson tries to make sense of his Polish grandfather’s past and the story behind his numbered tattoo; a Serbian classical pianist longs for his forbidden heritage; a Mayan poet is torn between his studies and filial obligations; a striking young Israeli woman seeks answers in Central America; a university [...]


    27. Beautifully written and translated. An interesting journey through a short time in the life of the narrator.


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