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The Wherewithal : A Novel in Verse, Hardback Book


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.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 192 pages
  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
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  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9780393240948

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