This book represents the first, posthumous publication of two stories. As in a Broken Mirror is a sardonic political grotesque in which the narrator/protagonist, a student from a poor working-class family who is also an informer and political opportunist, compromises himself through his own exaggeratedly primitive naivete and conceit. I Still Hear Them, I Still See Them also contains elements of the agrarian grotesque, based on a caricatured exaggeration of realistic phenomena. This is a prose poem, half symbolic-visionary and half lyrical-reminiscent, in which realism and phantasmagoria serve, with moments of grotesque deformation, to maintain the impression of ambiguity.
(from the introduction by Stanislaw Balbus)
Tadeusz Nowak (1930-1991), poet and prose writer who envisioned Polish village life in mythical, balladic, fairy-tale tones.