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Swimming in the Dark


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You were right when you said that people can't always give us what we want from them.

Poland, 1980. Anxious, disillusioned Ludwik Glowacki, soon to graduate university, has been sent along with the rest of his class to an agricultural camp. Here he meets Janusz - and together, they spend a dreamlike summer swimming in secluded lakes, reading forbidden books - and falling in love.

But with summer over, the two are sent back to Warsaw, and to the harsh realities of life under the Party. Exiled from paradise, Ludwik and Janusz must decide how they will survive; and in their different choices, find themselves torn apart.

Swimming in the Dark is an unforgettable debut about youth, love, and loss - and the sacrifices we make to live lives with meaning.

Author: Tomasz Jedrowski

Trade paperback  Published March 2020  256 pages


Marvellous, precise, poignant writing; the reader is happy to be overwhelmed. The highest talent at work” –  SEBASTIAN BARRY,

“A young Polish author who writes rather miraculously in English, of which he has magisterial and frankly, Conradian command” –  Guardian, Books of the Year

“Captivating both for its shimmering surfaces and its terrifying under-deep. I began reading, and soon realized I wouldn't be doing anything else that day. I needed to see these boys, these lovers, through to the end. Tomasz Jedrowski is a remarkable writer, alive to the ramifications of history and politics, in which the violence of a corrupt state can never fully stamp out the flourishing of beauty, grace and resistance” –  JUSTIN TORRES, bestselling author of We the Animals,

“A lyrical exploration of the conflict between gay love and political conformity. Jedrowski is an authentic new international star” –  EDMUND WHITE,

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