"The Table That Ran Away to the Woods" tells the story of a writing desk that one day "grabbed two pairs of shoes / ran downstairs, and took flight," escaping into the countryside with its owners in barefoot pursuit. This is the first time the tale--first published in a Polish newspaper in 1940 and re-created in this exquisite collaged version in 1963--has been made available to an English-speaking audience.
Praise for "The Table that Ran Away to the Woods"
"The story, an afterword explains, ties into the Themersons' avantgarde filmmaking, writing, and artwork in the 1930s (an early version appeared in an expatriate newspaper published in Paris). Readers needn't be familiar with the backstory to appreciate the collage-like images of the table scampering over hills and reclaiming its existence."
About the Author
Stefan Themerson (1910-1988) was born in Poland, moved to Russia during the Revolution, studied physics and architecture in Warsaw, and lived in Paris before settling in London. Aside from his writings--which include novels such as Tom Harris, The Mystery of the Sardine, and Professor Mmaa's Lecture, children's stories, philosophical essays, and poems--Themerson also composed music and made a number of films with his wife Franciszka.