Ashes and miracles : a Polish journey
Call Number943.805 K18a
Statement of ResponsibilityIrena F. Karafilly.
Summary"Having left Poland at the age of six, Irena Karafilly returns home after 40 years, intrigued by the country's turbulent past and complex present. Seven years after the fall of Communism, she finds a society in flux, its citizens still trying to adjust to the decade's dramatic changes. It is not at all clear whether the majority are happier now than they were under the Communists, but Karafilly is determined to make sense of the apparent ambivalence. Travelling through diverse regions, she interviews Poles from several ethnic groups and all walks of life. She visits illustrious towns and remote border areas, exploring Tatar villages, Teutonic Knights' castles, a spa, a jail and a concentration camp. Her narrative is enriched by diversions into a host of fascinating subjects—amber, Gypsies, blood libels—as well as by her own childhood memories. The author, who is half-Jewish, visits her father's shtetl, learns the manner of her grandparents' death, and grapples throughout with the controversial issue of Polish-Jewish relations. Ashes and Miracles is the story of Karafilly's journey, an engaging travelogue that fuses cultural insight with personal discovery." —Publisher
Physical Description viii, 296 pages : 1 map ; 23 cm
PublisherToronto : Malcolm Lester Books
NotesIncludes bibliographical references