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Eddie and Manny, straining to see into the blocks of ice, find their vision confounded by the thousands dybeek cracks forming inside of the massive blocks: In a very real sense all of Dybek’s fiction is about social disorganization and reorganization in the classic sense of these principles outlined by Thomas and Znaniecki in The Polish Peasant in Europe and America.

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sturat For them, ethnicity and memory are interwoven naturally and succinctly. This is a familiar tale of immigrants and their descendants. See, deep down inside, Lefty, you know more than you think.

Eddie says he is not going to the jail with him again, and Manny agrees to do something else the following night. Dybek does not mean to stop here, however, with romantic and sentimental notions of heritage; he is more interested in cultural fusion, in that uniquely American acculturating process described by Werner Sollors in Beyond Ethnicity as the tension between “our hereditary qualities” and our position as “architects of our start.

Themes like poverty, faith, prejudice, immigration, assimilation, race, class….

A Study Guide for Stuart Dybek’s “Hot Ice”

They walk from St. The eccentric teacher in “Farewell” comes from Odessa.

Survival Through Solidarity,” in Ethnic Chicago: For me, writing no longer was just something that had to do with school. Eerdmans Publishing,pp.


He has spent his life surrounding himself with mystery, associating himself with not only the Catholic traditions but with ghosts and astrology as well, which shows his religious devotion to be part of his general inclination toward the supernatural. Factories closed and jobs left the cities.

Hot Ice | Introduction & Overview

He continues to go back, taking a chance that the guards will arrest him, until Eddie refuses to go with him, at which point he loses his anger almost immediately and gamely offers to do something else, as if he had not been full of rage just moments before.

At one point, Stefush recognizes that his grandmother is different in more substantive ways that merely her taste for czarnina, a peasant soup made from duck’s blood. In “Hot Ice,” Eddie Kapusta arrives at this insight: They are certainly welcome developments, providing relief from the grueling existence and empty dreams that fill up this long story: His first book of short stories, Childhood and Other Neighborhoodscame out the following year and earned him much critical praise.

Stanley Rosado is Pepper to some and Stashu to others, reflecting his Mexican father and Polish mother. They tell him that the old icehouse, where the girl’s frozen body is allegedly stored, is marked for demolition. Dybek’s elegiac stories, with their strong sense of place in memory and interlinked characters, have been compared to Joyce’s Dubliners and Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio. In the end, he has become as much of a neighborhood legend as the girl frozen in ice.

Pope John Paul IIwho began his reign inwas one of history’s most popular popes, traveling widely to encourage participation in the Church by those who had traditionally been left out, but he was also strongly conservative, opposing the progressives who wished to bring changes to the church, such as acceptance of homosexuals or ordination of women. Typically he portrays the immigrant generation as the cultural “other” rather than as the cultural norm.

Dybek contrasts the oppressiveness of city life, consisting of crumbling buildings, police and jailers, drugs and alcohol, and unemployment, with the characters’ own beliefs in powers from beyond their experiences, like those of their myths, can save them.

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The widely accepted narrative has her body taken to the icehouse immediately after she drowns, and it is in the icehouse that she is found three decades later: In the “Saints” section, the description of Antek’s night in the freezer is begun as something that he told to Pancho: Another is the hymn, “Tantum Ergo,” which they hear even as they are walking up the street.

In a series of novels in the s, Darryl Poniscan followed the fortunes of the Buddusky clan in eastern Pennsylvania and elsewhere. This self reflects the image of a transethnic urban America, a diorama of a diverse cultural landscape where ethnicity transcends national origins but remains vital and where the ethnic and the modern self are not only compatible but are the essence of postmodernism and, as Andrew Greeley puts it, “a way of being American.

Ethnicity, moreover, is also a condition of the contemporary literary experience. In “The Cat Woman,” Dybek almost rushes to associate ethnicity with strangeness when he calls the woman buzka, introduces her “crazy grandson as Swantek,” and then proceeds to explain that Buzka drowned the excess neighborhood kittens in her washing machine.

Still, he did not think of becoming a writer. The next night Manny again shouts obscenities at the jail until searchlights and sirens drive them away. We all shared the same religion, though there otherwise was not a lot of assimilation in this so-called melting pot.

This thorough examination of Dybek’s stories includes background information about the Polish American literary tradition.