By Wieslaw Mysliwski,Bill Johnston

Our hero and narrator is the getting older caretaker of cottages at a summer season inn. A mysterious customer evokes him to percentage the tale of his lengthy lifestyles: we witness a cheerful formative years minimize brief through the battle, his hiding from the Nazis buried in a heap of potatoes, his plodding makes an attempt to play the saxophone, the brutal homicide of his family members, loves misplaced yet remembered, and footloose travels overseas. instructed within the demeanour of neighbors and pals swapping tales over the mundane job of shelling beans—in the grand oral culture of Myśliwski’s celebrated Stone Upon Stone—each anecdote, lived event, and reminiscence accrues cross-stitched layers of which means. by means of turns hilarious and poignant, A Treatise on Shelling Beans is an epic recounting of a lifestyles that, whereas common, is something yet ordinary.

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