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White Raven

by Andrzej Stasiuk

Trainspotting filmed by Visconti? This is a bleak tale of drifting young men hoping against hope to find an aim in life. It's set against a backdrop of the beautiful but merciless Polish winter.

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For Bandurko triumphed, he convinced us that our lives were shit and so we should do something. He was the one to tell us what.
That speech he made in the bar, although it shocked us, was merely a beginning. After that he worked on us individually. He must have been spying too, for we tended to bump into him in the street, on buses, in bars. He never tried to catch us at home, as if he knew we would be more resistant there, that a more ordered world would protect us from madness.
Translated by Wiesiek Powaga

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Caligula by Albert Camus
The Vatican Cellars by Andre Gide
Deliverance - the film
 

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