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Andrzej Stasiuk, trans. from the Polish by Bill Johnston. Dalkey Archive, $13.95 trade paper
(200p) ISBN 978-1-56478-687-6
Character is plot in this unusual collection (first published in Poland in 1999) from Stasiuk, the author of On the Road to Babadag. Beginning with "Midsummer, Pogorze," a portrait of rural Polish life, these fragmented stories leave much for the reader to imagine. While Stasiuk may not be the unnamed narrator who shares memories and reveries, he offers few biographical details about this guide, only that he is unworldly, in his late 30s, and trying to "write …