The Warsaw Sparks: A Memoir

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September 2008



In 1987 noted poet and author Gary Gildner went to Poland on a Fulbright scholarship to teach at the University of Warsaw. One January day, a Warsaw sportswriter came knocking on Gildner's classroom door with a problem and a request. The professional baseball team he had organized the year before could not win; would the professor--who he had heard was a baseball player--come help?
Told with gripping lyric simplicity, "The Warsaw Sparks" is about an American's experience coaching a baseball team in Poland and about hope and memory and the education of a poet. Prepare to meet an unlikely cast of characters, including Stan Musial, Lech Walesa, Dariusz the Organizer, and such Sparks as Froggy, Pizza Hut, the Cubans, and little Jerzy Bin the catcher: "Call me George, Coach. Like George Herman Babe Ruth."


Gary Gildner is an award-winning poet and novelist whose works include "My Grandfather's Book," "Blue Like the Heavens," and "The Bunker in the Parsley Fields," which won the Iowa Poetry Prize. He has also received the National Magazine Award for Fiction, Pushcart Prizes in fiction and nonfiction, the Robert Frost Fellowship, the William Carlos Williams and Theodore Roethke poetry prizes, and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Albert E. Stone is the author of several books, including "Literary Aftershocks: American Writers, Readers, and the Bomb."


"A splendid book, weaving the progress of the Sparks' 1988 season with Gildner''s observations on Polish life, his reminiscences of his family''s Polish heritage, his thoughts on how baseball can grip those who do not grow up playing the game, and, yes, even some poetry."-The Sporting News
EAN: 9780803217560
ISBN: 0803217560
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2008
Seitenanzahl: 242 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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