"The short stories included in The Birch Grove and Other Stories are some of his most famous writings. In Antonia Lloyd-Jones's excellent translation, the works retain their rooting in the lucid Realist style, with a tinge of hypnotic Modernist estrangement. As Kolakowski sums up, the stories appear rather uneventful, but read en masse, they offer a 'melancholy affirmation of the world as it is... never directly expressed.' Some certainly captivated the celebrated film director, Andrzej Wajda, whose 1979 movie, The Wilko Girls, based on Iwaszkiewicz's story, was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Foreign Film category in 1980. While the four stories cannot be reduced, of course, to being merely representations of 'love,' their strength lies in offering different readings of love, memory, aging, and death in the Polish fiction of the 1920s-30s that has been thus far unavailable in English."