Has anybody got an opinion on this book?
It has just become available at Amazon. It was launched at the Polish
Cultural Institute (POSK) in London on 24 October 2001.
From: "Amazon.com" <alerts@...
Lying Down With Dogs: A Personal Portrait of a Polish Exile
by Mark Zygadlo, foreword by Norman Davies
Publication date: August 2002
Publisher: iynx publishing
Subjects: Biography/Autobiography; Historical - General; Biography
As Norman Davies explains in the foreword to Lying Down With Dogs, ³The
population was decimated by political purges, deportations, ethnic
cleansing, genocide, and the collateral human damage of the Eastern Front
By the end of the fighting, when Eastern Poland was annexed to the Soviet
Union, its pre-war society no longer existed².
Part biography, part dramatic memoir, Lying Down With Dogs recounts the life
of Bronek Zygadlo as he undertakes a return journey to his native Poland
with his son (the author, Mark). The relationship between father and son,
uncertain at first, becomes progressively more intimate with Bronek¹s
revelations about his escape from the Russian Army during World War II. The
anxiety of war and its impact on families, communities and nations is
embodied in the experiences of a comparatively unremarkable man.
Although Bronek spent most of his life in Wales, he continued to feel
thoroughly patriotic, and this book asks us what it means to be Polish.
³The task of knowing and understanding one¹s family is part of knowing and
understanding oneself. Yet it is never simple. When one half of the family
belongs to a vanished world across the sea¹ it presents a challenge that is
- Norman Davies
Mark Zygadlo is an artist living in Dumfries and this is his first novel. He
will be present to read from his book and answer questions.
Lying Down With Dogs is published by iynx publishing, www.iynx.com.