Marzi

Marzi

A Memoir

Book - 2011
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“I am Marzi, born in 1979, ten years before the end of communism in Poland. My father works at a factory, my mother at a dairy. Social problems are at their height. Empty stores are our daily bread.I’m scared of spiders and the world of adults doesn’t seem like a walk in the park.”

Told from a young girl’s perspective, Marzena Sowa’s memoir of a childhood shaped by politics feels remarkably fresh and immediate. Structured as a series of vignettes that build on one another, MARZI is a compelling and powerful coming-of-age story that portrays the harsh realities of life behind the Iron Curtain while maintaining the everyday wonders and curiosity of childhood. With open and engaging art by Sylvain Savoia, MARZI is a moving and resonant story of an ordinary girl in turbulent, changing times.



Baker & Taylor
In graphic novel format, chronicles the author's life growing up in Poland during the last ten years of communism, witnessing the crumbling of the ideology, and eventually seeing her country rise to freedom.

Publisher: New York : DC Comics, 2011
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9781401229597
140122959X
Characteristics: 230 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm

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skyekilaen
Sep 12, 2016

Marzi is a memoir of growing up in communist Poland, with its hardships and political unrest. It's also the story of a little girl's family and friends, and the bright spots that keep them going. It's not overtly focused on the political, but Marzi grows into understanding what's going on around her. Especially when her father becomes active in the struggle for liberation. Even if you're not interested in history, though, this is an excellent memoir. Sowa was willing to lay many things bare, such as her mother's dysfunction and cruelty. It's not sensationalistic, but it's sobering. But in many ways her family was one of the lucky ones, finding ways to survive and enjoy parts of their lives even during hardship. This one stayed with me for a long while after I turned the last page.

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mclarjh
Sep 16, 2013

The stories didn't interest me, the drawings were childish, and it didn't remind me of the Poland I visited. This is no "Persepolis"!

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