Publishers Weekly on Illegal Liaisons
autor: Publishers Weekly
źródło: Illegal Liaisons - Publishers Weekly

Plebanek's crisp and intelligent new novel is full of pitch-perfect descriptions, mostly but not exclusively about sex, and its contemplation. A merciless comedy of modern manners, and the politics of desire.


>>>

Illegal Liaisons: "A remarkable achievement"
autor: Catherine Millet, author of The Sexual Life of Catherine

"This riveting novel not only shows that intimate liaisons can feel every bit as 'illegal' as they do dangerous, but it also offers (sometimes literally) penetrating insights into the confluence of the personal and the political--here, at the heart of a twenty-first-century Europe where conceptions of gender roles and morality clash, commingle, and are redefined. A must for anyone with a mind for the erotic who also values their mind"


>>>

Best of 2012
autor: These Little Words
źródło: These Little Words

Illegal Liaisons is an excellent example of great European literature that otherwise wouldn’t have got a chance to be known in the UK – thanks to Stork Press, Plebanek now has legions of British fans, and rightly so.


>>>

Illegal Liaisons, by Grazyna Plebanek
autor: by Richard W. Jackson
źródło: Book Hugger

Brussels, the de facto capital of the European Union, is not a city one commonly associates with romantic tales, steamy love triangles, or indeed - when one thinks carefully - literature as a whole. Ask yourself: name a book in which the Belgian city predominately features? I came up with one, but later accepted that the Rough Guide to Belgium is cheating. Yet despite this, leaving ignorance to one side, I had to ask why this was? Being the seat of a large political arena, attracting young and old from Brussels' Zenne River to Warsaw's Vistula, surely this microcosm of European society is the perfect place to set a modern novel? However, even with this question in mind, it wasn't until after I read Illegal Liaisons - from Polish author Grażyna Plebanek - that I truly realised how tantalising a world Brussels can be.


>>>

Review of Plebanek's "Illegal Liaisons" on To Be Read
autor: To Be Read
źródło: To Be Read

‘A novel of deception, where all the main characters are playing games, at once trying escape their pasts but also continually being coloured by rootlessness and disruption.’


>>>

Review of Plebanek's "Illegal Liaisons" on A Year of Reading the World
autor: A Year of Reading the World
źródło: A Year of Reading the World

‘Plebanek is exceptionally good at depicting the dynamics of relationships… the author captures the minute shifts in the way we relate to one  another that force us to renegotiate our place in the world every day, if not every hour. Much of the interaction described in the novel is so natural and well-observed that reading the book often feels more like eavesdropping on a private conversation than consuming a published work… the book is, by and large, a very good read. As a chronicler of domestic dynamics, Plebanek is up there with the best of them. This, the first of her novels to be translated into English, deserves to do well.’


>>>

Praise for "Illegal Liaisons" from Maggie Gee
autor: Maggie Gee
źródło: Maggie Gee

‘Powerfully erotic and intelligent, this novel, set in the political capital of the new Europe, shows risk-taking, glossy young professionals changing lanes at top speed between sex, parenthood and work as they race after love and meaning.’


>>>

Review of Plebanek's "Illegal Liaisons" on Little Words
autor: Little Words
źródło: Little Words

‘Intense and fascinating novel that questions the norm of family life as well the necessity of monogamy and the morality of sex…Plebanek’s writing is unembarrassed about sex and emotions, and is charged with a deep sadness as well as eroticism…thoughtful, unashamed, brave, and ultimately beautiful.’


>>>

A mirror for women. On the work of Grażyna Plebanek
autor: Bernadetta Darska

If one were to create a ranking of contemporary women's prose, Grazyna Plebanek would certainly find herself at the top. One should note however, that women's prose does not mean a predictable love story with Her, waiting for Prince Charming, and Him - an object of dreams and desire


>>>

Desperate Househusband
autor: Robert Ostaszewski

In the difficult and arduous profession of a writer there are projects which are quite impossible to tackle in an original or even satisfactory way. One of them is writing about love and male-female affairs. Just remember the famous phrase from the afterword to the "Name of the Rose" by Umberto Eco. It seems love was, is and will be written about, but rarely anything meaningful comes out of that. Especially in Poland ...


>>>

"Illegal Liaisons" Grazyna Plebanek
autor: Marta Mizuro
źródło: empik.com

Illegal, because the emotion, born in the capital of the European Union - Brussels, is between people involved formally with other partners


>>>

photo by Stephan Vanfleteren