2010 Vol. 2 No.1 — Spring

Reconciling Past and Present in the Shadow of the Palace of Culture
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 — Spring / Features

Reconciling Past and Present in the Shadow of the Palace of Culture

Is there a parallel between Warsaw’s Soviet-built Palace and Poles’ relationship with their past?

Catching up with … Jan Lisiecki, pianist extraordinaire
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 — Spring / Interviews / Music

Catching up with … Jan Lisiecki, pianist extraordinaire

Jan Lisiecki on being a citizen of the world and on why he prefers music to math.

Recovering a Stolen Childhood
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 — Spring / Features / Interviews

Recovering a Stolen Childhood

Wesley Adamczyk survived deportation to Siberia and exile to chronicle that journey in When God Looked the Other Way, published by the University of Chicago Press in 2004. His father, Jan Adamczyk, was one of tens of thousands of Polish officers killed in the Katyń massacre.

Peter Raina: Love, Politics, Betrayal
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 — Spring / Films / Interviews

Peter Raina: Love, Politics, Betrayal

When a historian from Kashmir fell in love with Poland and a Polish woman, both love affairs ended tragically.

When an American Dream Turns into an American Tragedy… Jan Lewan strives for redemption
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 — Spring / Interviews

When an American Dream Turns into an American Tragedy… Jan Lewan strives for redemption

The rise and fall of a polka king turned pauper.

A “Polyachka” in Saint Petersburg
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 — Spring / Travel

A “Polyachka” in Saint Petersburg

Unsmiling bureaucrats and hospitable hosts, onion domes and skating to the music of Lady Gaga: welcome to St Petersburg.

Exiles in Paris
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 — Spring / Books

Exiles in Paris

CR’s first fiction: Chopin, Countess Potocka and Prince Czartoryski in Paris.

Same Neighborhood. New Friends?
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 — Spring / Commentary

Same Neighborhood. New Friends?

The 1989 generation is the first for hundreds of years which doesn’t have to do anything extraordinarily brave for their country, writes Warsaw-based Krzysztof Bobinski.

Poland’s Best Winter Olympic Games Ever, but…
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 — Spring / Commentary

Poland’s Best Winter Olympic Games Ever, but…

Congratulations to Vancouver Olympic winners Justyna Kowalczyk and Adam Małysz, but… do two athletes make a team?

Reflections: Canadian Minister visits Poland
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 — Spring / Commentary

Reflections: Canadian Minister visits Poland

A Canadian Minister visits Poland: Reflections – a sombre commemoration, a vibrant Poland.

Istanbul: Lust, Attraction and Attachment
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 — Spring / Travel

Istanbul: Lust, Attraction and Attachment

Istanbul is alternately seductive and modest, attractive to men and women alike, and not inclined to be controlled by either of her two families, Asia and Europe. Kinia Adamczyk offers her Istanbul top 13.

Rome’s Most Faithful Daughter
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 — Spring / Books

Rome’s Most Faithful Daughter

She was, it appears, a rather difficult child, always willful, sometimes disobedient and frequently unpredictable…

Stadium: the Devil’s Playground
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 — Spring / Books

Stadium: the Devil’s Playground

A black author provides a rare look at race relations in Poland.

The Ice Road: An Epic Journey from the Stalinist Labor Camps to Freedom
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 — Spring / Books

The Ice Road: An Epic Journey from the Stalinist Labor Camps to Freedom

With the Soviet dystopia as background, the book reads like a terror-filled adventure – all the more so because it’s non-fiction.

Jazzing Up Chopin’s Classic: Romantic Inspirations with a Twist
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 — Spring / Features / Music

Jazzing Up Chopin’s Classic: Romantic Inspirations with a Twist

Chopin starts from a simple melody and then, releasing his imagination, departs from the main theme and plays one variation after another… Part of our series of articles for the Year of Chopin – 2010.

Chopin with Cherries Review
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 — Spring / Books

Chopin with Cherries Review

Maja Trochimczyk has gathered together poems to commemorate Chopin’s 200th birthday – and they’re as inspiring as they are exhilarating.

Chopin with Cherries: A Tribute in Verse [selected poems]
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 — Spring / Poetry

Chopin with Cherries: A Tribute in Verse [selected poems]

Part of our series of articles for the Year of Chopin – 2010.