Polish Lit in Translation – Cover Battles #2 | Entanglement by Zygmunt Miloszewski


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Entanglement by Zygmunt Miloszewski

The morning after a group psychotherapy session in a Warsaw monastery, Henry Talek is found dead, a roasting spit stuck in one eye.

Public prosecutor Teodor Szacki, world-weary, suffering from bureaucratic exhaustion and marital ennui, feels that life has passed him by. But this case changes everything. Because of it he meets Monika Grzelka, a young journalist whose charms prove difficult to resist, and he discovers the frightening power of certain esoteric therapeutic methods. The shocking videos of the sessions lead him to an array of possible scenarios. Could one of the patients have become so absorbed by his therapy role-playing that he murdered Telak? Szacki’s investigation leads him to an earlier murder, before the fall of Communism.

And why is the Secret Police suddenly taking an interest in all this? As Szacki uncovers each piece of the puzzle, facts emerge that he’d be better off not knowing, for his own safety.

I’m in love with the Slovakian cover, it’s so simple and unique. It gives off some slightly creepy vibes, but the font is toning it down. The original cover is quite simple, but I think it works very well for the story because it showcases the skyline of the city where the plot takes place. Two covers that jump out as completely different than the rest are Ukrainian and Turkish covers. One features a chess board and second a labyrinth, both seem to work in general with the genre of the book – mystery, but I don’t get any direct references to the story.

Have you read this book? What do you think of the covers? Would you say the story is the same in each book if you were looking at the covers alone? Are any of those covers from your country? Do you believe the cover was well designed to reach its target audience in your country?


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