By Filip Springer,Sean Gasper Bye
Lying on the crucible of principal Europe, the Silesian village of Kupferberg suffered the violence of the Thirty Years struggle, the Napoleonic Wars, and international struggle I. After Stalin’s post-World battle II redrawing of Poland’s borders, Kupferberg turned Miedzianka, a city settled via displaced humans from everywhere Poland and a brand new middle of the japanese Bloc’s uranium-mining undefined. a long time of forget and environmental degradation resulted in town being declared uninhabitable, and the inhabitants used to be evacuated. this day, it exists merely in ruins, with slightly 100 humans residing at the volatile flooring above its collapsing mines.
In this paintings of unsparing and insightful reportage, well known journalist, photographer, and structure critic Filip Springer rediscovers this small town’s interesting heritage. Digging past the village’s mythic foundations and the good wars and global leaders that formed it, Springer catalogs the misplaced human components: the long-departed tailor and deceased shopkeeper; the events, now silenced, that used to fill the streets with shouts and laughter; and the once-beautiful cemetery, with gravestones upended by way of tractors and human bones scattered by way of canine. In Miedzianka, Springer sees a microcosm of ecu background, and a strong narrative of ways the ghosts of the earlier proceed to hang-out us within the current.
“I selected the successful translation of Filip Springer by way of Sean Gasper Bye simply because i discovered the subject material absolutely gripping—it’s set in 1944, while the Soviet counteroffensive has reached the Vistula River—and the prose itself is satisfyingly dense, and it has what i glance for in any reliable translation, a really convincing voice.”
—Margaret Jull Costa, Judge’s quotation for Asymptote Journal’s 2016 shut Approximations Translation Contest
“Although he's expert as a journalist and photographer, Filip Springer’s paintings deals an instance of the way fact will be much more enchanting than fiction. In his so much celebrated piece to this point, History of a Disappearance (Polish: Miedzianka. Historia znikania), he delved into the tales of a small city that has been thoroughly wiped off the face of the earth, as if it had by no means existed. through exploring the deeply own and relocating tales of this city and its former population, Springer supplies readers an illuminating trip throughout the demanding situations that Poland has confronted as a rustic as well.”
—Lani Seelinger, tradition Trip
About the Author
Filip Springer (born 1982) is a self-taught journalist who has been operating as a reporter and photographer due to the fact 2006. His journalistic debut—History of a Disappearance—was shortlisted for the Ryszard Kapuściński Literary Reportage Prize in 2011 and used to be nominated for the Gdynia Literary Prize in 2012. He used to be additionally shortlisted for the Nike Literary Prize in 2012 and winner of the 3rd annual Ryszard Kapuściński fellows contest for younger reporters.
About the Translator
Sean Gasper Bye is a translator of Polish, French, and Russian literature. He has translated paintings by means of a few of Poland’s best nonfiction writers, together with Małgorzata Szejnert, Paweł Smoleński, and Lidia Ostałowska. An excerpt from his translation of History of a Disappearance received the Asymptote shut Approximations Prize in 2016. He lives in manhattan.
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