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Wiesiek Powaga
The Dedalus Book of Polish Fantasy
1996

"Officially, the devil arrived in Poland in 966," writes editor and translator Wiesiek Powaga in the introduction to this marvelous collection of demonic Polish fiction. The date refers to the conversion of pagan tribes to Christianity, which solidified the image of the imminent Antichrist. And thanks to the strong presence of Polish Catholicism, the devil has flourished in folklore and literature ever since. From the mischievous imp wearing a red jockey-cap in Slawomir Mrozek's "Co-existence" to the awesome power behind Jacek Dukaj's futuristic "The Golden Galley" (written when he was only fifteen), the visions of the devil presented here are as varied as they are fantastic.


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