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The Bronski House

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Book News Annotation:

In the face of the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939, poet Zofia Ilinska (nee Bronski) and her mother, Helena Bronska, fled to England. For years they dreamed of going back to the Bronski house, which over time came to stand for everything they had lost. It was more than a half a century later that Ilinska returned to the village of her birth, asking Marsden to accompany her and entrusting to him Helena's diaries and letters. Best described as a non-fiction novel, the result is not only an account of the poet's quest for her origins but a portrait of the parallel lives of mother and daughter: coming of age, dramatic escapes, and love and loss.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

More than half a century after fleeing the Russians and Nazis, the poet Zofia Ilinska, nee Bronski, went back to the little village of her birth, which was then in Poland but now is part of Belarus. Accompanied by her friend, the travel writer and author Philip Morsden, she was looking for her home, though hoping to find much more — a key to her childhood, and to her family. Marsden narrates the story of Zofia's return movingly but without sentimentality. And when she gives him her mother's diary, and letters, he begins to peel away the layers of Bronski history. From Zofia's journey we move back in time to the beautiful, courageous Helena, Zofia's mother, whose own family had had to uproot itself during the catastrophic events of 1914. From this chronicle of lost times and displaced souls emerges a passionate, magnificent epic of mother and daughter, a stirring elegy for the worlds that our century has left behind, and an unforgettable testament to love's power to reconstruct and forgive.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781559703925
Author:
Marsden, Philip
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Poles
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Poland
Subject:
Eastern Europe
Subject:
Historical - Holocaust
Subject:
Belarus
Subject:
Poland Social life and customs 1918-1945.
Subject:
Eastern Europe - General
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Edition Description:
US
Series Volume:
168
Publication Date:
June 1997
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.58x5.78x1.02 in. 1.03 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Europe » Eastern Europe » Poland

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"Synopsis" by , More than half a century after fleeing the Russians and Nazis, the poet Zofia Ilinska, nee Bronski, went back to the little village of her birth, which was then in Poland but now is part of Belarus. Accompanied by her friend, the travel writer and author Philip Morsden, she was looking for her home, though hoping to find much more — a key to her childhood, and to her family. Marsden narrates the story of Zofia's return movingly but without sentimentality. And when she gives him her mother's diary, and letters, he begins to peel away the layers of Bronski history. From Zofia's journey we move back in time to the beautiful, courageous Helena, Zofia's mother, whose own family had had to uproot itself during the catastrophic events of 1914. From this chronicle of lost times and displaced souls emerges a passionate, magnificent epic of mother and daughter, a stirring elegy for the worlds that our century has left behind, and an unforgettable testament to love's power to reconstruct and forgive.
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