Catherine Millet’s praise for Plebanek’s Illegal Liaisons the US edition
‘A remarkable achievement. This riveting novel not only shows that intimate liaisons can feel every bit as “illegal” as they do dangerous, but it also offers (sometimes literally) penetrating insights into the confluence of the personal and the political–here, at the heart of a twenty-first-century Europe where conceptions of gender roles and morality clash, comingle, and are redefined. A must for anyone with a mind for the erotic who also values their mind.’ Catherine Millet, author of The Sexual Life of Catherine M
More praise for Grażyna Plebanek’s Illegal Liaisons:
Illegal Liaisons voted Best Book of 2012 - ‘Illegal Liaisons is an excellent example of great European literature that otherwise wouldn’t have got a chance to be known in the UK – thanks to Stork Press, Plebanek now has legions of British fans, and rightly so.’ These Little Words about the selection.
‘Powerfully erotic and intelligent, this novel, set in the political capital of the new Europe, shows risk-taking, glossy young professionals changing lanes at top speed between sex, parenthood and work as they race after love and meaning.’ Maggie Gee, author of My Cleaner, The White Family (shortlisted for International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and Orange Prize for Fiction), My Animal Life.
‘This book remains a fascinating look at the generation that are living the reality of Poland’s new role at the heart of Europe. It is also a brave examination of changing gender roles, and suggests that the old order is, at least among the ex-pat elite, very much on the way out. Jonathan is a house-husband, and his greatest happiness comes from his children, while the female characters reject feminine conventions.’ Claire Strickett, For Books’ Sake
‘Though the sensual scenes between the unfaithful couple are thrilling and explicit, offering some of the most pleasurable moments in the novel, Illegal Liaisons is much more than a story of sex amongst today’s Euro-elites. Moving beyond passion, the novel is in fact a smart study of identity in the ‘new Europe’, examining the rapidly evolving topography of modern society, be it the deconstruction of traditional gender roles, the changing nature of personal relationships, or the role of national consciousness in an increasingly Diasporic continent…unique among translated fiction currently available.’ Nudge
‘Plebanek is exceptionally good at depicting the dynamics of relationships… the author captures the minute shifts in the way we relate to one another that force us to renegotiate our place in the world every day, if not every hour…a very good read. As a chronicler of domestic dynamics, Plebanek is up there with the best of them. This, the first of her novels to be translated into English, deserves to do well.’ A Year of Reading the World
Read an interview with Grażyna Plebanek.
Read Danusia Stok’s reflections on translating Illegal Liaisons.
Grażyna Plebanek’s Illegal Liaisons was published on 15 October.
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The US edition is out in August 2013, published by New Europe Books.