Book Review: Nations and Stereotypes

EVERY GENERALization is false, including this one,” begins poet Tomasz Jastrun in his essay comparing Poland and Sweden, contained in a collection about national stereotypes. Many generalizations are false, but they are based on experience, often inherited from a different epoch, so the truth can be revealed by falsehood, as is usually the case in literature. It is an old saying that by lying, poets tell the truth.