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Swallowing Mercury

By (author) Wioletta Greg
Translated by Eliza Marciniak
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Granta Books, London, United Kingdom
Imprint: Portobello Books Ltd
Published: 5th Jan 2017
Dimensions: w 129mm h 198mm d 9mm
Weight: 230g
ISBN-10: 1846276071
ISBN-13: 9781846276071
Barcode No: 9781846276071
Wiola lives in a close-knit agricultural community. Wiola has a black cat called Blackie. Wiola's father was a deserter but now he is a taxidermist. Wiola's mother tells her that killing spiders brings on storms. Wiola must never enter the seamstress's 'secret' room. Wiola collects matchbox labels. Wiola is a good Catholic girl brought up with fables and nurtured on superstition. Wiola lives in a Poland that is both very recent and lost in time. Swallowing Mercury is about the ordinary passing of years filled with extraordinary days. In vivid prose filled with texture, colour and sound, it describes the adult world encroaching on the child's. From childhood to adolescence, Wiola dances to the strange music of her own imagination.

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