Swimming in the Dark

Swimming in the Dark

Hardback original

Hardback (06 Feb 2020) | English

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We say: 'A bittersweet gay love story set against the background of the dark but hopeful days of 1980/81 when Solidarity was formed, workers took to the streets and martial law was declared in communist Poland. The personal and political collide in a world of secrets, lifechanging choices and compromises. Less intimate than the acclaimed Call Me By Your Name but no less passionate.' Neil, Blackwell's Holborn

A Guardian Book of the Year

'A beautiful novel, and at its heart it was an amazing love story and I think that's something that everyone is looking for' BBC Radio 4 Open Book, Editor's Pick

'Marvellous, precise, poignant writing; the reader is happy to be overwhelmed. The highest talent at work' SEBASTIAN BARRY

'A lyrical exploration of the conflict between gay love and political conformity. Jedrowski is an authentic new international star' EDMUND WHITE

You were right when you said that people can't always give us what we want from them. Poland, 1980. Anxious, disillusioned Ludwik Glowacki, soon to graduate university, has been sent along with the rest of his class to an agricultural camp. Here he meets Janusz - and together, they spend a dreamlike summer swimming in secluded lakes, reading forbidden books - and falling in love. But with summer over, the two are sent back to Warsaw, and to the harsh realities of life under the Party. Exiled from paradise, Ludwik and Janusz must decide how they will survive; and in their different choices, find themselves torn apart. Swimming in the Dark is an unforgettable debut about youth, love, and loss - and the sacrifices we make to live lives with meaning.

Book information

ISBN: 9781526604965
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (UK)
Imprint: Bloomsbury
Pub date:
Edition: Hardback original
DEWEY: 823.92
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 26165
Number of pages: x, 229
Weight: 384g
Height: 217mm
Width: 120mm
Spine width: 24mm