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Johnston, Bill 1960-

Works: 127 works in 325 publications in 2 languages and 12,822 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Biographical films  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Musical films  Biographical fiction  Humorous fiction  History  Short stories 
Roles: Author, Translator, Performer, Editor
Classifications: PG7178.T28, 891.8537
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Bill Johnston
The coming spring by Stefan Żeromski( )

11 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,981 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One of the great masterpieces of European fiction of the 20th century, The Coming Spring tells the story of Cezary Baryka, a young Pole living in Baku, Azerbaijan, as the Russian Revolution breaks out. He becomes embroiled in the chaos caused by the revolution, and barely escapes with his life. Then he sets off on a horrendous journey west and makes it to the newly independent Poland. Here he struggles to find his place. He wants to help his country; he sees the suffering of the poor and the working classes, yet his experiences in the newly formed Soviet Union make him deeply suspicious of socialist and communist solutions." "Zeromski paints a masterful portrait of the turmoil of the new country - the elation of independence sobered by the glaring social inequities found between classes. In rich, pithy, memorable language he describes both the hope and the agony of the times. His account of Polish society is deeply, painfully honest and brilliantly insightful."--BOOK JACKET
Values in English language teaching by Bill Johnston( )

17 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 1,819 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All the examples are taken from real-life teaching situations - the complexity and messiness of these situations is always acknowledged, including both individual influences and broader social, cultural and political forces at play. Examples come from teaching contexts around the world, including Brazil, Thailand, Poland, Japan, Central African Republic, Turkey and Taiwan as well as various settings in the USA
Polish memories by Witold Gombrowicz( )

7 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Witold Gombrowicz (1904-1969), novelist, essayist, and playwright, was one of the most important Polish writers of the twentieth century." "Although Gombrowicz's unique, idiosyncratic writings include his three-volume Diary, this voluminous document offers few facts about his early life in Poland, before his books were banned there and he went into voluntary exile. Polish Memories - a series of autobiographical sketches Gombrowicz wrote for Radio Free Europe during his years in Argentina in the late 1950s - fills the gap in our knowledge. Written in a straightforward way without his famous linguistic inventions, it presents an engaging account of Gombrowicz's childhood, youth, literary beginnings, and fellow writers in interwar Poland and reveals how these experiences and individuals shaped his seemingly outlandish concepts about culture, art, society, and the self. In addition, the book helps readers understand the numerous autobiographical allusions in his fiction and brings a new level of understanding and appreciation to his life and work."--Jacket
The moral dimensions of teaching : language, power, and culture in classroom interaction by Cary A Buzzelli( )

13 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 749 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work examines the important roles that teachers play as moral agents of the classroom. Thorough analysis of the moral issues that educators face is given, as are practical strategies for actual classroom use
The devil and Daniel Johnston by Jeff Feuerzeig( Visual )

4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 675 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The turbulent life of a genius musician battling manic depression. A favorite with artists such as Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Beck, and many others, view the singer-songwriter-artist through his art and interviews, and in the eyes of his fans
The first year at university : teaching students in transition by Bill Johnston( )

15 editions published in 2010 in English and German and held by 592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first year at university can be a challenging time for students. Many are ill equipped to cope with life at university & retention is now a critical metric for all universities. This book sets out to offer a range of practical strategies which lecturers can implement when charged with working with first year students
Stone upon stone by Wiesław Myśliwski( Book )

5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Relates the experiences of Szymek Piietruszka and life in a Polish farming community before and after World War II
Nine by Andrzej Stasiuk( Book )

10 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pawel, a young businessman in debt to loan sharks, wakes up one April morning in a sea of debris, broken glass, ripped upholstery, and clothes spilling out of the wardrobe. He turns to two friends for help: Bolek, a former coal miner, now a drug dealer who lives in tasteless luxury; and Jacek, an addict, who is himself on the run through Warsaw, a washed-out city, a hostile landscape of apartment blocks, railroad stations, wild gardens, factories, and suburban wastelands. In this novel Andrzej Stasiuk portrays a generation of Poles, freed from outdated ideologies but left feeling adrift and disconnected from family, neighbors, and friends. At once existential crime fiction and a work of art, Nine establishes Stasiuk as a major voice in European literature
Dukla by Andrzej Stasiuk( )

5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At several points in the haunting Dukla, Andrzej Stasiuk claims that what he is trying to do is 'write a book about light.' The result is a beautiful, lyrical series of evocations of a very specific locale at different times of the year, in different kinds of weather, and with different human landscapes. Dukla, in fact, is a real place: a small resort town not far from where Stasiuk now lives. Taking an usual form--a short essay, a novella, and then a series of brief portraits of local people or event--this book, though bordering on the metaphysical, the mystical, even the supernatural, never loses sight of the particular time, and above all place, in which it is rooted"--Page 4 of cover
Self-portrait with woman by Andrzej Szczypiorski( Book )

2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Warsaw sociologist is summoned to Geneva to participate in an oral-history project about the collapse of Eastern European communism and resolves to tell his own story through a gallery of portraits of the many women he has loved. These reminiscences emerge against the broader canvas of circumstances and events that have shaped the past sixty years of Poland's turbulent, tragic history. Soon he finds himself inexorably drawn to his interrogator from the "free" world, the chronicler of his life, the keeper of his secrets, and his heart's last hope for redemptive love. Self-Portrait with Woman is at once a haunting and lyrical portrait of a man, of a country, and of the twilight years of an era
His current woman by Jerzy Pilch( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dr. Pawel Kohoutek, veterinarian and womanizer, looks out the window one morning to see his mistress approaching his house. Farce ensues as Kohoutek attempts to hide the woman from his eccentric family, the family's lodgers, and various offbeat visitors. The woman, expecting love and children and a future, does not make things easy. As he frantically runs around trying to keep her a secret, Kohoutek's memories -- mostly involuntary and (in true postmodern fashion) of questionable accuracy -- reveal in hilarious detail the life and crises of a hapless libertine and the forces that created him
New poems by Tadeusz Różewicz( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of poems from Polish author Tadeusz Rzewicz's last three volumes in which he discusses a range of topics, from philosophy to TV talk shows and the complexity of human experience
Bacacay by Witold Gombrowicz( Book )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A balloonist finds himself set upon by erotic lepers ... a passenger on a ship notices a human eye on the deck ... a group of aristocrats enjoys a vegetarian dish made from human flesh ... a virginal young girl gnaws raw meat from a bone ... a notorious ruffian is terrorized by a rat. Welcome to the bizarre universe of Witold Gombrowicz, whose legendary short story collection is presented here for the first time in English. These tales are utterly unique in world literature."--BOOK JACKET
The shadow catcher by Andrzej Szczypiorski( Book )

4 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A boy's coming of age in Poland on the eve of World War II. He is Krzys, the son of a wealthy family and as he vacations in a country manor of friends he attempts a romance with their niece. An atmosphere of doom hangs over the place, the war about to destroy the class to which the protagonists belong. By the author of A Mass for Arras
Fado by Andrzej Stasiuk( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of essays that explore how the past, present, and future coexist and intertwine along the highways and back roads of the small towns and villages of Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Albania, and his native Poland
The sins of childhood & other stories by Bolesław Prus( Book )

3 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twelve stories by a 19th Century Polish writer. They include Antek, on a low-class boy being brought up by high-class people, and Stas's Little Adventure, on a lost boy. The settings range from Poland to the Middle East. By the author of Pharaoh
The faithful river by Stefan Żeromski( Book )

5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A romance between an aristocratic insurgent and the woman nursing him in an abandoned country manor in Poland during an 1863 rebellion against the Russians. The heroine of this 1912 Polish classic is a woman of action and reflection. By the author of Ashes
The noonday cemetery and other stories by Gustaw Herling-Grudziński( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Noonday Cemetery and Other Stories, selected by Herling himself shortly before his death in 2000, contains thirteen stories spanning the last twenty years of his life." "In "The Noonday Cemetery," an eerie graveyard on an Italian hillside overlooks the sea and hides the secrets of a murder (or suicide?). "Beata, Santa," Herling's critique of the Pope's abortion stance, raised the ire of the Catholic Church when it was first published; it describes the plight of a lovely young Polish woman, who, raped by Serbs, moves afterwards to a presbytery in Italy, and is pressured by the Church to keep her child. In "A Hot Breath in the Desert" the terrifying deterioration of the lives of a young archeologist couple, who settle down in the idyllic region of Lucania, is recounted by two old men with heart disease strolling the Naples waterfront."--BOOK JACKET
The mighty angel : a novel by Jerzy Pilch( Book )

4 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How can the loftiest flights of the soul ever be equated with a fearful barfing?" Good question, one of many posed by our narrator in this novel of a writer coming out of his 18th stint in rehab. He begins unabashedly-"Yes indeed, I had been drinking peach vodka, brutishly longing for one last love before death, and immersed up to my ears in a life of dissolution." Polish novelist Pilch slyly weaves together a large-cast story of the wages of intoxication
Dreams and stones by Magdalena Tulli( Book )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2016 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Dreams and Stones tells the story of the emergence of a great city. In Tulli's hands myth, metaphor, history, and narrative are combined to magical effect. Dreams and Stones is about the growth of a city, and also about all cities; at the same time it is not about cities at all, but about how worlds are created, transformed, and lost through words alone."--BOOK JACKET
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Values in English language teaching
Values in English language teachingPolish memoriesThe moral dimensions of teaching : language, power, and culture in classroom interactionThe first year at university : teaching students in transitionStone upon stoneNineDuklaSelf-portrait with woman
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