leading literary award, Mother Departs also champions [Tadeusz] Rózewicz's aesthetic of assembled voices. This time, it is a portrait of his family--his mother, in particular--by the family themselves. There are diary extracts from his two brothers, poems, notebooks, a heart-breaking line found on the back of a photograph, and details of when the family fled the Gestapo. These fragments are simply, poetically, put together. The cumulative effect is astonishing.
from The Independent: Mother Departs, By Tadeusz Rózewicz, trans. Barbara Bogoczek