The Coming Spring (Central European Classics) by Stefan Zeromski

By Stefan Zeromski

The arrival Spring (Przedwiosnie), Zeromski s final novel, tells the tale of Cezary Baryka, a tender Pole who reveals himself in Baku, Azerbaijan, then a predominantly Armenian urban, because the Russian progressive breaks out. He turns into embroiled within the chaos as a result of the revolution, and infrequently escapes together with his existence. Then, he and his father trigger on a horrendous trip west to arrive Poland. His father dies en path, yet Cezary makes it to the newly self sustaining Poland. right here he struggles to discover his position within the turmoil of the hot nation. Cezary sees the discomfort of the negative and the operating sessions, but his studies within the newly shaped Soviet Union make him deeply suspicious of socialist and communist strategies. Cezary is an intruder between either the gntry and the operating periods, and he can't locate the place he belongs. additionally, he has unsuccessful and tragic love relatives. the unconventional ends while, regardless of his profound misgivings, he's taking up political motion on behalf of the bad.

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He tore off the board covering the sprucewood box and took a last look at the face of the expired woman. As he laced her stiffened fingers for her eternal rest he noticed that the gold wedding band which for so many years he had been accustomed to kissing, thinking of it as virtually a part of her like a bone or a joint, grown into the skin of the slim hand—he saw that the ring had been torn from her finger along with the dead skin, for she had evidently refused to part with it voluntarily. The discolored, clotted wound could be seen in the place where the ring had once been.

Cezary did not ask where his mother got the money to pay for the fish and the caviar. He missed his bread and fruit, but consoled himself with the certainty that the revolution was experiencing these shortages only temporarily. In the meantime fish and caviar consumed three times a day without any variation began to affect everyone’s health. And what of Baryka’s mother! She did not eat; she grew thinner by the day and did not sleep at all. While the young adherent of the revolution now spent entire days away from home observing manifestations of social upheaval, and in fact gathering endless amusing anecdotes, since one group of people was going from draw35 The Coming Spring ing room to cellar, while another went from cellar to drawing room—during this time his mother was garnering supplies.

Cezary made sure that the “current account” did not molder in the bank. He tried everything that popped into his head. His mother acquiesced to it all, or rather she had to accept whatever he dictated. And so he rode on land and on sea, and even in the air. It could not be said that he did not study at all or even that he studied poorly. For instance, he liked music and played a great deal both during and outside his lessons. He read a multitude of various kinds of books. He graduated from one class to the next, one way or another making up for the lack of systematic and organized studies of the kind 26 Houses of Glass he had pursued while his father was around and he had to put his nose to the grindstone day in, day out and do everything, “to the last accent” as the Russians said.

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