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Vera Gran The Accused


Vera Gran The Accused
  • Author : Agata Tuszynska
  • Publisher : Knopf
  • Release : 2013-02-26
  • ISBN : 9780307962393
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The extraordinary, controversial story of Vera Gran, beautiful, exotic prewar Polish singing star; legendary, sensual contralto, Dietrich-like in tone, favorite of the 1930s Warsaw nightclubs, celebrated before, and during, her year in the Warsaw Ghetto (spring 1941–summer 1942) . . . and her piano accompanist: W³adys³aw Szpilman, made famous by Roman Polanski’s Oscar-winning film The Pianist, based on Szpilman’s memoir. Following the war, singer and accompanist, each of whom had lived the same harrowing story, were met with opposing fates: Szpilman was celebrated for his uncanny ability to survive against impossible odds, escaping from a Nazi transport loading site, smuggling in weapons to the Warsaw Ghetto for the Jewish resistance. Gran was accused of collaborating with the Nazis; denounced as a traitor, a “Gestapo whore,” reviled, imprisoned, ultimately exonerated yet afterward still shunned as a performer . . . in effect, sentenced to death without dying . . . until she was found by Agata Tuszyñska, acclaimed poet and biographer of, among others, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Nobel laureate (“Her book has few equals”—The Times Literary Supplement). Tuszyñska, who won the trust of the once-glamorous former singer, then living in a basement in Paris—elderly, bitter, shut away from the world—encouraged Gran to tell her story, including her seemingly inexplicable decision to return to Warsaw to be reunited with her family after she had fled Hitler’s invading army, knowing she would have to live within the ghetto walls and, to survive, continue to perform at the popular Café Sztuka. At the heart of the book, Gran’s complex, fraught relationship with her accompanist, performing together month after month, for the many who came from within the ghetto and outside its walls to hear her sing. Using Vera Gran’s reflections and memories, as well as archives, letters, statements, and interviews with Warsaw Ghetto historians and survivors, Agata Tuszyñska has written an explosive, resonant portrait of lives lived inside a nightmare time, exploring the larger, more profound question of the nature of collaboration, of the price of survival, and of the long, treacherous shadow cast in its aftermath.

Family History of Fear


Family History of Fear
  • Author : Agata Tuszynska
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release : 2017-04
  • ISBN : 9780385721967
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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It wasn't until she was nineteen that Agata Tuszyńska, one of Poland's most admired poets and cultural historians, discovered that she was Jewish. In this profoundly moving and resonant work, she uncovers the truth about her family's history--a mother who entered the Warsaw Ghetto at age eight and escaped just before the uprising; a father, one of five thousand Polish soldiers taken prisoner in 1939, who would become the country's most famous radio sports announcer; and other relatives and their mysterious pasts--as she tries to make sense of anti-Semitism in her country. The poignant story of one woman coming to terms with herself, Family History of Fear is also a searing portrait of Polish Jewish life, before and after Hitler's Third Reich.

Sorrow and Bliss


Sorrow and Bliss
  • Author : Meg Mason
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release : 2021-02-09
  • ISBN : 9780063049604
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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“Improbably charming...will have you chortling and reading lines aloud.” —PEOPLE A compulsively readable debut novel—spiky, sharp, intriguingly dark, and tender—about a woman on the edge that combines the psychological insight of Sally Rooney with the sharp humor of Nina Stibbe and the emotional resonance of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. Martha Friel just turned forty. Once, she worked at Vogue and planned to write a novel. Now, she creates internet content. She used to live in a pied-à-terre in Paris. Now she lives in a gated community in Oxford, the only person she knows without a PhD, a baby or both, in a house she hates but cannot bear to leave. But she must leave, now that her husband Patrick—the kind who cooks, throws her birthday parties, who loves her and has only ever wanted her to be happy—has just moved out. Because there’s something wrong with Martha, and has been for a long time. When she was seventeen, a little bomb went off in her brain and she was never the same. But countless doctors, endless therapy, every kind of drug later, she still doesn’t know what’s wrong, why she spends days unable to get out of bed or alienates both strangers and her loved ones with casually cruel remarks. And she has nowhere to go except her childhood home: a bohemian (dilapidated) townhouse in a romantic (rundown) part of London—to live with her mother, a minorly important sculptor (and major drinker) and her father, a famous poet (though unpublished) and try to survive without the devoted, potty-mouthed sister who made all the chaos bearable back then, and is now too busy or too fed up to deal with her. But maybe, by starting over, Martha will get to write a better ending for herself—and she’ll find out that she’s not quite finished after all.

Ambers aglow


Ambers aglow
  • Author : Regina Grol
  • Publisher : Host Publications, Inc.
  • Release : 1996
  • ISBN : 0924047151
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Poetry. Translated from the Polish by Regina Grol. The most expansive anthology of its kind, AMBERS AGLOW features the work of 30 of Poland's most influential and talented female poets, including Nobel Prize winner Wislawa Szymborska. AMBERS AGLOW gives a vivid portrait of Poland's political and cultural world--before, during and after the fall of Communism. This poignant and powerful collection offers the reader an opportunity to experience the joys, sorrows and humanity of these gifted writers. Featuring the original Polish poems alongside English translations by Regina Grol, this is the seminal collection of an underappreciated body of work.

Paperbound Books in Print


Paperbound Books in Print
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  • Release : 1992
  • ISBN : STANFORD:36105211446385
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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