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Swimming in the Dark by Tomasz Jedrowski

Swimming in the Dark

Tomasz Jedrowski

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2 reviews

Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication date: 6 Feb 2020
ISBN: 9781526604965

A Guardian Book of the Year 'A beautiful novel, and at its heart it was an amazing love story and I think that's something that everyone is looking for'

5 stars out of 5
1 Mar 2020

"this is a remarkable, beautiful tale"

This book radiates sensuality (‘I could hear you breathe, like a gentle crashing of waves’), humour (a doctor’s surgery is located ‘at the junction of Freedom and Lenin’) and human truths (‘you looked like a different person, and this both scared and excited me’). Jealousy, in particular, is well handled: ‘She threw herself around your neck, as if that’s what it was there for.’ Swimming in the Dark is sensual and immersive, and Ludwik’s sentimental education is so well described that the reader is left wanting more. You won’t want to miss it.


4 stars out of 5
13 Feb 2020

"Elegant, compelling and full of melancholy beauty"

Jedrowski’s writing is elegant and compelling, and the revelations when they come are heartbreaking. I wallowed in all this book’s melancholy beauty, and will now keep it on my shelves alongside novels by Alan Hollinghurst, Edmund White and other classics in the gay canon.