A searing, inventive, and darkly comic novel of love, hopelessness, and political burnout in the “Nothing Generation” (pokolenie nic) that has grown up since the Communist era - marginalized young Poles for whom the kitsch, greed, and corruption they are exposed to is the only world they have known. The 19-year-old author was a finalist for the 2003 Nike Prize along with Milosz and Szymborska, and the book is an international sensation. Click here to read an excerpt
or here to read an essay
by the translator.
“This very young woman has in her an unheard-of literary maturity…. The youngest generation, a generation completely lost to the oblivion of drugs, the internet, and predatory Polish capitalism, this completely lost generation is in luck because it has produced an author who will redeem it.” - Jerzy Pilch, Polityka
"Chaotic and brilliantly idiosyncratic . . . This thoroughly unique debut is destined to become a cult classic." - Library Journal
“Paloff’s translation is pitch-perfectly speedy, and with political ironies resounding throughout, it’s clear that Maslowska is not exactly endorsing her blank generation, though the claustrophobic narrative presents few avenues of escape.” - Publishers Weekly
“A cocky, confident, struttingly precocious new voice. Snow White and Russian Red is a Less Than Zero with intelligence, emotion and wit. Whatever they're putting in the water in Poland, I wish they'd pipe some of it over here. Fast.” - Niall Griffiths, author of Stump
“A chunk of slightly spoiled literary meat. I think it has been worth living 40 years to finally read something so interesting.” - Marcin Swietlicki, poetPURCHASE