“Swimming Pool,” the Novel

Haley Grace223 Headshot
3 M 524 Aq Wf2 Cover Lg
Photo courtesy G. Lofthus

"Swimming Pool," written by Piotr Florczyk, is the latest novel in a series titled "Object Lessons," which is a series that explores ordinary objects, such as swimming pools, and their influence in sports, history and/or culture. This particular piece further explores how pools have become a place where people seek to attain the union between their minds and bodies.

Piotr Florczyk graduated from the University of California with a Ph.D. and is now an assistant professor of Global Literary Studies at the University of Washington. He recently wrote a book of poems called "Invisible," which was named Autumn 2021 Translation Choice by Poetry Book Society in the United Kingdom. His U.S. citizenship began with a swimming fellowship, as he's a former world-ranked swimmer, hence his interest in writing this new novel.

3 N 524 Aq Wf2 Figure 1 Lg

"Swimming Pool" is a blend of personal narrative and critical inquiry, and further explores artists, architects, writers and others who have helped solidify a pool's prominent and iconic role in our culture in society worldwide.

"Having spent most of my life around a pool, no one would fault me taking it for granted," says Rada Owen, U.S. Olympic Swim Team, 2000, in a statement to Bloomsbury. "But "Swimming Pool" tells a unique and compelling story of the swimming pool, allowing me to appreciate that it's more than just a place to cool off or go back and forth along a black line. Florczyk has done a remarkable job bringing to the surface the potentially unanticipated way that pools have affected us, for the good and the bad."

3 O 524 Aq Wf2 Figure 2 Lg

Whether a pool is shaped like a kidney bean and back lit, or is of Olympic dimensions with perfect gutters and an ever-present black line, or is a sign of suburban wealth, or is drained and abandoned, the ultimate message this novel is portraying is that swimming pools are emblems of everything — from sanctuary, to privilege, to athleticism, to leisure — when it comes to a person's everyday life.

This novel was published in February 2024 by Bloomsbury Academic. It is available for purchase at a price of $14.95, ISBN: 9781501394874, and is 120 pages. Chapters include: 1) Where Do You Swim?, 2) What Is Your Pool?, 3) Why Do You Swim? and 4) Who Gets to Swim?

Page 1 of 155
Next Page
Content Library
Dig through our best stories from the magazine, all sorted by category for easy surfing.
Read More
Content Library
Buyer's Guide
Find manufacturers and suppliers in the most extensive searchable database in the industry.
Learn More
Buyer's Guide