|About the Book|
Some type of gigantic, grey mass passes byan ashen, misty mass with cut-out windows from end to end. One can feel the gust of a satanic draught from these open holes, hear the flapping, maddeningly blown-about shutters- one can almost see theMoreSome type of gigantic, grey mass passes byan ashen, misty mass with cut-out windows from end to end. One can feel the gust of a satanic draught from these open holes, hear the flapping, maddeningly blown-about shutters- one can almost see the spectral faces of the passengers. . . .A wandering train that appears, seemingly at will- an engine driver who is inseparable from his machine- a passenger who waits for trains but never travels on them- obsession with speed and motion- a harbinger of disaster- a daring liaison: these are the themes of The Motion Demon, Stefan Grabinskis collection of nine stories, first published in Poland in 1919.Stefan Grabinski (18871936), often referred to as The Polish Poe, struggled during his lifetime to gain recognition in his native land. He was an idealistic loner who strove for an understanding of the hidden forces of both the world and the human mind- and he represented those forces in the most potent framework available to himhis stories of the supernatural.The stories of The Motion Demon are peopled by memorable characters, and even a simple railway journey offers telling clues to the metaphysical and beyond. All aboard for a unique adventure!With this first complete translation of The Motion Demon, Ash-Tree Press begins a comprehensive series of Grabinski volumes that will duplicate the content of the original Polish editions and also assemble short stories which never saw book publication. The complete series will represent the first comprehensive, collected work of Stefan Grabinski in any language.CONTENTS: Introduction by Miroslaw Lipinski- Engine Driver Grot- The Wandering Train- The Motion Demon- The Sloven- The Perpetual Passenger- In the Compartment- Signals- The Siding- Ultima Thule.