Zabicie ciotki Poster Killing Auntie is a movie about fighting your own demons, based on an unfinished novel written by Andrzej Bursa in Written by. The film, based on the unfinished novel ‘Killing Auntie’ by Andrzej Bursa, is a story about the need of deliverance, full of unobtrusive absurd and black humour. Śmiejąc się mówił, że musi to napisać, chociaż nikt tego nie wyda i czytał fragmenty “Zabicia ciotki” głośno w swoim domu, sprawdzając reakcje słuchaczy.

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Preview — Killing Auntie by Andrzej Bursa. Killing Auntie by Andrzej Bursa. A nicely off-beat little novel. Yet Bursa’s dark humor and deadpan satire. After his doting aunt asks him to perform a small chore, he decides to kill her for no good reason other than, perhaps, boredom. Killing Auntie follows Jurek as he seeks to dispose of the corpse—a andrzzej more difficult than one might imagine—and then falls in love with a girl he meets on a train.

Can he tell her what he’s done? Will that ruin everything? This is a short comedic masterpiece combining elements of Fyodor Dostoevsky, Jean-Paul Sartre, Franz Kafka, and Joseph Heller, coming together in the end to produce an unforgettable budsa of murder and—just maybe—redemption.

Andrzej Bursa was born in in Krakow, Poland, and died twenty-five years later. In his brief lifetime he composed some of the most original Polish writing of the twentieth century.

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Killing Auntie is his only novel. His brilliant career and tragic early death established him as a cult figure among restless and disenchanted youth. Paperbackpages. Published August 4th by New Vessel Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers andrzejj about Killing Auntieplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Sep 25, Nate D rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Life is before you but probably pointless.

Recommended to Nate D by: The Dedalus book of Polish Fantasy. An initial focus on blackly ridiculous mundanities of murder gives way to stories of differing types, unfolding by surprise shifts, ciokti at to something more psychologically and piercing. Yet still blackly ridiculous. A great modernist gaze into the ennui and inertia of uncertain youth, by an author dead of a heart attack before he was even View all 9 comments.

When you put it like that, he sounds like someone I would sleep with. He died young, he was only Apparently of congenital heart disease but many think it was a suicide. Committing a suicide in Poland in the s was not something that went down well with the church and the society.


This collection, edited and published by CB Editions, starts off with a series of poems and short forms arguing the absurdity of life especially the life in a country like Poland in the 50s.

Bursa also questions the role of the poet and laughs at it: It is actually about a guy who decides to kills his lovely auntie. Every day she makes him breakfast, she takes care of him, provides for him, works her bum off so that he can concentrate on andrzem studies. No wonder that one day when she asks him to do some DIY, he takes a hammer and breaks andrzje skull. You can hardly blame the man. Now, if you have andrzeu corpse in your bathtub, you have a goal.

Like, seriously, what are we gonna do with the body? Jurek is getting rid of it piece by piece and it is taking forever. Every tiny piece of rotten meat is another adventure. He goes to another town to post it as a parcel to a fictional address, he tries to burn a foot in a furnace, he uses a meat-grinder. You can say it is a quest kind of novel.

In between all that he gets drunk, he gets arrested, he falls in love, he has sex. Like any other guy. There is no harm if it was just a thought, right? New Vessel Press zabcie the US is publishing a new edition of this book: View all 8 comments. Sep 07, Robert Wechsler marked it as tasted Shelves: Too dark a comedy for my taste.

And the print is too small. Bursa was a Polish writer who died young and wrote for just a couple of years in the early ’50s. The poems and short prose pieces collected here are mostly not so great, at least in translation, but the titular novella is really worth reading, sort of a cross between Camus, Jim Thompson, ciiotki some surrealist I can’t think of right now.

Jun 07, Pop Bop rated it liked it Shelves: It starts out aimless and drifts into darker and darker humor before heading into the unapologetically surreal. You can try to impose a single thematic line on the story, or you can treat it as a series of vignettes unified by Auntie’s corpse chilling in the background. If you try to force it to be a single cohere “I think If you try to force it to be a single coherent tale you have a demanding task ahead of you.

If, on the other hand, you’re willing to relax and treat the short novel as a series of ideas and bits, well, there is a great deal to be enjoyed here. Our hero’s half-hearted exchange in a confessional is brutal.

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His visit from two other elderly relatives reads like an absurd version of “Arsenic and Old Lace”. His ideas about responsible corpse disposal management are treated with ridiculous seriousness. As I read I kept reminding myself that this book was not written now, when satire and dark humor are acceptable and even fashionable in Eastern European writing.


It was written in the ‘s, when such a piece was revolutionary, transgressive and dangerous. Now I know that many schools of literary criticism teach that context, author’s intent, and so on are irrelevant, but it seems to me that knowing that this book was dangerous in its time and that distributing it was an act of real courage, adds immeasurably to my appreciation and admiration of the work.

Bursa played the tormented rebel firebrand card, and this, his only novel, establishes his credentials in that regard. So, this is a funny, sad, provocative, wise, frustrating and anarchic book.

It rewards the adventurous reader, which for me was quite enough. Please note that I received a free ecopy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review.

Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.

Killing Auntie – Andrzej Bursa

Feb 15, Carol rated it liked it. I am just not sure of this book. I enjoyed the prose and the way it was written, but the story was morbid and the ending confusing. I was never sure whether he was horribly guilty or having a nightmare. In the end, I think a nightmare. Andrxej was a lot of black humor here and the writer kept zsbicie guessing.

Apr 15, Darinda rated it liked it. A dreamlike novella that is dark and bizarre. Jurek wanders aimlessly through life. One day, on a whim, he kills his aunt. Now he has to deal with disposing of the corpse, which is more difficult than he imagined. Nov 26, Kathy Heare Watts rated it it was amazing Shelves: I won a copy of this book during a Goodreads giveaway. I am under no obligation to leave a review or rating and do so voluntarily.

So that others may also enjoy this book, I am paying it forward by donating it a local library. Mar 20, Darius Ostrowski rated it did not like it. I don’t get it. I mean, I understand the concept, I understand what the author is trying to do, but I don’t think he succeeds. I don’t get the dark humor, I don’t get the glowing reviews. Aug 14, Kathleen rated it it was ok Shelves: Thank you to Goodreads for the copy of Killing Auntie in the Goodreads giveaway.

Jurek, a ciitki student living with his aunt decides in the spur of the moment to kill has aunt by smashing her in the head with a hammer.