Books

Generals Sikorski & Anders in Iran, 31 km to Tehran, 4371 to Warsaw
2016 Vol. 8 No. 1 - Winter / Books

Trail of Hope: The Anders Army, an Odyssey Across Three Continents

This is a war story that unites the fate of soldiers and civilians. Thank you, Norman Davies, for gathering the memoirs, the photographs, and the historian’s details, and telling the story with such élan. Now where’s the young historian who will break new ground and write a scholarly work on this neglected subject?

The Warsaw Uprising: A Noncombatant Survivor’s Memoir
2016 Vol. 8 No. 1 - Winter / Books

The Warsaw Uprising: A Noncombatant Survivor’s Memoir

Miron Białoszewski’s memoir of the 63 days of terror endured by civilians during the Warsaw Uprising is a difficult but essential book. Kudos to NYRB for this new edition, translated by Madeline G. Levine.

Remembrance, Commemoration, Education, and Celebrating Life
2016 Vol. 8 No. 1 - Winter / Books

Remembrance, Commemoration, Education, and Celebrating Life

The Canadian segment of the March of the Living and the March of Remembrance and Hope, under the direction of Eli Rubenstein, commemorates, educates and celebrates life with love and respect for all people in our troubled world.

Jakub Lejbowicz Frank
2016 Vol. 8 No. 1 - Winter / Books

Księgi Jakubowe (THE BOOKS OF JACOB)

Winner of Poland’s NIKE Award, Tokarczuk’s book is a spellbinding journey in a literary time machine to a mysterious era in the distant past. No English translation yet, but in the meantime, Małgorzata Dzieduszycka-Ziemilska’s review gives you a glimpse into a world at once historical, and surreal.

The Polish Hearst
2016 Vol. 8 No. 1 - Winter / Books

The Polish Hearst

Early Polish immigrants to the United States had a voice — and a lively press to record it. Anna Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann’s new book tells that story. Karen Majewski reviews.

The Polish Underground and the Jews, 1939-1945
2016 Vol. 8 No. 1 - Winter / Books

The Polish Underground and the Jews, 1939-1945

Joshua Zimmerman’s groundbreaking book carries out “two fundamental tasks of the historian: restoring the buried sense of historical contingency and recognizing the human proportion of experiences still painfully fresh.” Tom Frydel reviews.

The Politics of Morality: The Church, the State, and Reproductive Rights in Postsocialist Poland
2016 Vol. 8 No. 1 - Winter / Books

The Politics of Morality: The Church, the State, and Reproductive Rights in Postsocialist Poland

For a fast forward to the 21st century, Joanna Mishtal’s aptly titled “The Politics of Morality” weighs in on contemporary issues seemingly just as contentious in Poland as in America. Jodi Greig reviews.

The Ethnic and Religious Diversity of the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth: Still Relevant Today?
2015 Vol. 7 No. 3 — Fall / Books

The Ethnic and Religious Diversity of the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth: Still Relevant Today?

Ethnic and religious diversity are now hot topics, something never tried before. Really? The Commonwealth warrants new attention. Thaddeus Gromada provides an introduction.

Chatting with B.E. Andre, “With Blood and Scars” Author
2015 Vol. 7 No. 3 — Fall / Books / Interviews

Chatting with B.E. Andre, “With Blood and Scars” Author

Justine Jablonska talks to British journalist Bożena Andre about Andre’s new novel, With Blood and Scars, in which Andre takes on that very difficult challenge: combining the personal and the historical in one story. Not easy, when for so long the world refused to acknowledge the historical.

The Kingdom of Insignificance: Miron Białoszewski and the Quotidian, the Queer, and the Traumatic
2015 Vol. 7 No. 3 — Fall / Books

The Kingdom of Insignificance: Miron Białoszewski and the Quotidian, the Queer, and the Traumatic

Białoszewski’s works subtly point to the alternative, marginalized, oftentimes unvoiced micro-narratives … showing readers different modes of knowledge and new ways of seeing history and identity. Diana Sacilowski reviews Joanna Niżyńska’s new book.

Taking Liberties: Gender, Transgressive Patriotism, and Polish Drama, 1786-1989
2015 Vol. 7 No. 3 — Fall / Books

Taking Liberties: Gender, Transgressive Patriotism, and Polish Drama, 1786-1989

In Taking Liberties, Halina Filipowicz examines the portrayals of patriotism and identity of iconic heroes, from Kosciuszko to Plater and Wałęsa, in Polish drama from the 1600s to the present. Highly original, acutely observed study of loyalty and honor manipulated by triumphalism and xenophobia. Reviewed by Diana Sacilowski.

Emancipated Women
2015 Vol. 7 No. 3 — Fall / Books

Emancipated Women

Poland’s 19th century novelist, Bolesław Prus, not only championed the emancipation of women but – thoroughly modern man that he was – identified the problem beyond manners and mores. It’s the economy, ladies! He was a pretty good storyteller too. Stephanie Kraft translates, Irene Tomaszewski reviews.

Marek Hłasko: Killing The Second Dog
2015 Vol. 7 No. 2 — Summer / Books

Marek Hłasko: Killing The Second Dog

All the elements of seasonal hedonism are here – Sea, Sun and Sex – but so are cruelty, indifference and memory, all playing havoc with people’s dreams and hearts. It’s love and death in Tel Aviv.