Madame tells the story of a self-absorbed Polish teenager as he pursues intellectual maturity, and the woman of his dreams, his French teacher 'Madame', in the communist-dominated Warsaw of the early 1970s. Libera paces his exuberant young hero's fulminations, fantasies and discoveries beautifully, building a remarkably subtle characterisation of a free mind in a repressive culture.
This is one of those rare novels which reminds us why we love books.
A consummate literary entertainment.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages
- Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 24/05/2004
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781841955209