The Wherewithal: A Novel in Verse

The Wherewithal: A Novel in Verse

Philip Schultz
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Author:  Philip Schultz
Condition:  New
Format:  Hardback
Pages:  192
Publisher:  WW Norton & Co
Year:  2014
ISBN:  9780393240948

I, one
Henryk Stanislaw Wyrzykowski,
Head Clerk of Closed Files,
a department of one,
work...
in a forgotten well of ghostly sighs

This astonishing novel in verse tells the story of Henryk Wyrzykowski, a drifting, haunted young man hiding from the Vietnam War in the basement of a San Francisco welfare building and translating his mother's diaries. The diaries concern the Jedwabne massacre, an event that took place in German-occupied Poland in 1941. Wildly inventive, dark, beautiful, and unrelenting, The Wherewithal is a meditation on the nature of evil and the destruction of war.