Mariusz Czubaj in B O D Y

“Pale sky turned into a shabbily painted wall with paint flaking here and there, exposing the texture of old wooden boards. Instead of the white sails he saw the whites of the eyes with threads of broken capillaries.

These were the eyes of a madman.

He took a breath, greedily, but felt no relief. He choked.”

From an excerpt of the intense and brutal opening of the newly published Polish crime novel 21:37 by Mariusz Czubaj as translated by Anna Hyde. Czubaj is a cultural anthropologist and bestselling crime writer in Poland. This is his first work published in English translation.

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