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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (3 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009946862X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099468622
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 308,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of a number of cult writers to have emerged from post-communist central Europe... Stasiuk's prose has the easy flow of Kerouac's" (New Statesman)

"Politicises the everyday so compellingly that it calls to mind the greatest work of John McGahern" (Joseph O'Connor)

"A blistering existential thriller of dodgy deals and foresaken ideals" (Boyd Tonkin Independent)

"Harnessing the shape-shifting, paranoid ambience of Kafka, not as a means to pass comment on totalitarianism but on the void (political and social) created in its wake ... impressive for the quality of its prose (Stasiuk is fantastic at listless, urban desolation)...a rewarding despatch from a country undergoing enormous change" (Claire Allfree Metro)

"Paints a vivid and disturbing picture of contemporary life in Poland...offers a sobering vision of the new face of central Europe in a narrative that is at once hallucinatory, haunting and abject" (Publishers Weekly)

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'A major work of modern fiction... He's an accomplished stylist with an eye for the telling detail that brings characters and situations to life... Like the Dublin of Joyce's Ulysses, the city itself becomes a central personality of the book... I caught a flavor of Hamsun, Sartre, Genet and Kafka in Stasiuk's scalpel-like but evocative writing' - Irvine Welsh, New York Times Book Review

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk on 30 Dec. 2008
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Andrzej Stasiuk is emerging as one of the most interesting new writers in Post-Communist Poland. His themes seem to constantly explore the disjointed lives of misfits in a society undergoing great changes. As such, Stasiuk is the observer of that change which took place in Poland with the collapse of Communism, the rapid growth of the Free Market, and of the impact on the lives of the less fortunate. In "Nine" one drifts in and out of the lives of a group of individuals living on the fringes of society; tramps, drug addicts, criminals, dodgy dealers. They have an anonymity to them so that, at first, they could be anyone but then something brings them into focus and we place them into a context. And this is also true about the book - initially pointless, difficult to focus on but gradually coalescing into some sort of structure. The book is difficult to get into because of its episodic, almost disjointed quality but the quality of writing rewards the reader. The real focal point of the book, the real glue to it all, is the city, Warsaw, pulsating with anonymous lives and speeding traffic like blood coursing through veins. There is something about the "slice of life" here, just a snapshot, a sampling of anonymous lives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By glen savage on 3 Sept. 2014
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somewhat not too disimilar to Dorota Maslowska, i have ordered several other boks of this author and i am waitng with bated breath as to the next instalment....
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3 1/2 in fact - excellent language and atmosphere rendering, but weak plot 2 May 2007
By Aleksandra Nita-Lazar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Pawel leaves his apartment one gloomy morning and... cannot come back. This is the beginning of "Nine" a novel by Andrzej Stasiuk, set in the 1990's in Warsaw, Poland.
Pawel is one of many people, who after the transition were lured by the prospect of earning some money in their own business, which was finally allowed. He borrowed a lot of money from some dubious characters to opn a small store with underwear, and now he is in trouble. He visits his old friends and acquaintances, trying to borrow the sum, at the same time running away from the thugs sent by his creditors.

Pawel wanders around Warsaw, using public transportation most of the time (occasionally a car); looking through the bas of streetcar window, he thinks about the past and sees the changes (or lack of changes) in the city. This is the side of Warsaw that was unknown (or unfamiliar: of course somehow in the corner of my mind I knew that it existed) to me when I lived there (I was at the university at the same time, and had lived in Warsaw all my life): Pawel sees mostly poverty, housing projects or dilapidated old huts on in the suburbs, dirt, the drug addicts and prostitutes at the Central Station, illegal Vietnamese streetsellers...

Stasiuk describes the dark side of Warsaw very suggestively, using strong imaging and words, his prose is very masculine (I usually try to avoid such classifications, but here it is hard to avoid). The atmosphere of the novel is heavy, depressing, with many excellent observations, so that the city life during this transition period can be perfectly reconstructed. Unfortunately, this is all there is. The whole novel is a snapshot of the daily life, and a very good snapshot, but the plot does not really get anywhere, it is only a description of a few days from a life of Pawel and some other characters to who he is connected more or less loosely. All the threads (which are also not very explicitly shown, rather hinted upon) lead nowhere, only giving a general sense of danger and hopelessness. For me, this is a weakness of this book, especially if it is supposed to be a novel. I like Stasiuk's more recent books, in which he focuses on his impressions from travels around Eastern Europe, much better - he is perfects at catching the specific climate of small, forgotten places and at telling stories of ordinary people. "Nine" is not Stasiuk's best, but it gives hope for more translations into English (for now, of what was translated, I recommend "Tales of Galicia").
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Anonymous Lives 30 Dec. 2008
By Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Andrzej Stasiuk is emerging as one of the most interesting new writers in Post-Communist Poland. His themes seem to constantly explore the disjointed lives of misfits in a society undergoing great changes. As such, Stasiuk is the observer of that change which took place in Poland with the collapse of Communism, the rapid growth of the Free Market, and of the impact on the lives of the less fortunate. In "Nine" one drifts in and out of the lives of a group of individuals living on the fringes of society; tramps, drug addicts, criminals, dodgy dealers. They have an anonymity to them so that, at first, they could be anyone but then something brings them into focus and we place them into a context. And this is also true about the book - initially pointless, difficult to focus on but gradually coalescing into some sort of structure. The book is difficult to get into because of its episodic, almost disjointed quality but the quality of writing rewards the reader. The real focal point of the book, the real glue to it all, is the city, Warsaw, pulsating with anonymous lives and speeding traffic like blood coursing through veins. There is something about the "slice of life" here, just a snapshot, a sampling of anonymous lives.
Dull 24 Sept. 2012
By S. Meyer - Published on Amazon.com
I can't comment on whether it was the translation that was bad or just the book itself, but I couldn't make it past about 30 pages. There was no plot, and the author gave us no reason to care at all about the main character, who just seems to drift aimlessly around the city. The pages are filled with seemingly random details, like a plane flying over head, or a tram passing by, or a star twinkling in the night, but these details do nothing to add to the story or to anything really. It reads like a disconnected group of observations, none of which appear particularly insightful, or interesting in the slightest. I wonder what the author's intentions were in writing this.
3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Lousy English translation 10 Aug. 2007
By rkd - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Maybe this novel is good in Polish (po polsku), but the English rendering is terrible. I should have stopped after the third sentence as that set the tone for the entire novel. Painful to read and no doubt does an injustice to the author.
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