A glittering example of the modernist novel, Zofia Nalkowska's Choucas is translated here for the first time. Named for a species of blackbird native to the novel's setting in the Swiss alps, Nalkowska's tale profiles a motley collection of patients inhabiting a sanatorium. Somewhat allegorical in nature, each character hails from a different country and each espouses a distinct political viewpoint. The tension builds as each seeks philosophical truths from within the sanatorium's grounds. Zofia Nalkowska rose to prominence in the interwar years, serving as an executive member of the Polish Academy of Literature. Along with Pola Gojawiczy ska and Maria Kuncewiczowa, she was part of a core group of early feminist writers. Ursula Phillips new translation is sure to help introduce Zofia Nalkowska to a new generation of readers and help raise her profile once again.