Vivid accounts of life in a Soviet prison camp by the author of Inhuman Land . Interned with thousands of Polish army officers and a handful of civilians in the Soviet prisoner-of-war camp at Starobielsk in September 1939, the artist J
J zef Czapski (1896-1993) was a writer and artist, as well as an officer in the Polish army. NYRB Classics publishes his work of reportage about the Katyn Massacre, Inhuman Land , and a collection of his lectures on Proust during his time as a prisoner of war in a Soviet prison camp, Lost Time . New York Review Books also publishes Eric Karpeles's biography of Czapski, Almost Nothing . Alissa Valles is the author of the poetry collection Hospitium . Her translations include Zbigniew Herbert's Collected Poems and Collected Prose and Ryszard Krynicki's Our Life Grows (NYRB Poets). She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Irena Grudzinska Gross 's books include Czeslaw Milosz and Joseph Brodsky- Fellowship of Poets and The Scar of Revolution- Tocqueville, Custine, and the Romantic Imagination . She lives in Brooklyn, New York.