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Neither strictly a collection of stories nor a novel, the ten pieces that comprise "My First Suicide" straddle the line between intimate revelation and drunken confession. By turns nostalgic and poetic, these stories combine irony and humor, anecdote and gossip, love and desire with an irresistibly readable style that is vintage Pilch.
About the Author
Jerzy Pilch is one of Poland's most important contemporary writers. In addition to his long-running satirical newspaper column, Pilch has published several novels, and has been nominated for Poland's NIKE Literary Award four times; he finally won the Award in 2001 for "The Mighty Angel."
David Frick is a professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Berkeley.