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Sienkiewicz, Henryk: On the Field of Glory. v1. 27 Jul 2014
Henryk Adam Aleksander Pius Sienkiewicz (Polish: [ˈxɛnrɨk ˈadam alɛˈksandɛr ˈpʲus ɕɛnˈkʲevʲit͡ʂ]; also known by the pseudonym "Litwos" [ˈlitfɔs]; 5 May 1846 – 15 November 1916) was a Polish journalist, Nobel Prize-winning novelist, and philanthropist. He is best remembered for his historical novels.
On the Field of Glory, his last published book, begins with an adventure as a party rides through deep snow at night east of Radom, in the heart of Poland, and is suddenly confronted by wild boars and hungry wolves ready to devour people and horses. A dramatic rescue follows, and we are introduced to Sienkiewicz's typical nobles. In the Kozienice Wilderness we meet Pan Pagowski, an insufferable snob; and the Bukojemski brothers, a bunch of rascals. Aniulka Sininska is a typical Polish young beauty, always helpless in Sienkiewicz's writings, and Jacek Taczewski is her hero. Sienkiewicz was adept at combining truth with fiction, and thus we find fictional names interspersed with those of real ones. The novel ends rather abruptly as the Polish army moves towards Vienna.
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