Poles Apart
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Published in: March-April 2020 issue.


Swimming in the Dark
by Tomasz Jedrowski
William Morrow. 191 pages, $26.99



SET in Communist-era Poland in 1980, Tomasz Jedrowski’s first novel, Swimming in the Dark , is a compelling and tragic story in which two young men fall passionately in love. Jedrowski has woven a brilliant tale about two people in love who are torn apart by a political divide and a difference in values. It is also a unique perspective into a politically and socially dark period.

            When Ludwik, the narrator, first meets Janusz, he is immediately captivated by Janusz’ brooding good looks and masculine appeal. The two men set off for a few weeks on a trip through Poland’s countryside, falling deeply in love.

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William Burton is a writer based in Provincetown, Mass.



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