Krysia Jopek's new novel Maps and Shadows is based on the experiences of her family tells of their being taken to Siberia by the Soviets and their subsequent wanderings.
The novel, published by Aquila Polonica, is available from Amazon.
Here's a part of the description from Amazon:
This stunning new novel is drawn from a little known chapter of World War II history -- the brutal Soviet deportations of 1.5 million Polish civilians to forced labor camps in Siberia shortly after the Soviets occupied eastern Poland at the beginning of the war.
Beautifully written, lyrical and poetic, the author explores the impacts of this shattering experience on a family from four points of view. The adolescent son and daughter, and the mother and father, each take turns chapter by chapter in telling their story.
Slowly, delicately, the threads are woven together -- the father Andrzej's secret shame at not being able to protect his family; the son Henryk's need to grow up quickly; the daughter Helcia's descent into nightmares, seeking comfort in broken bits of poetry consigned to scraps torn from a precious salvaged dictionary; the mother Zofia's instant aging, her hidden fears and worry.
Their odyssey spans the map from Poland to Siberia, on divergent paths to Persia, Palestine and Italy, to Uzbekistan and Africa, before finally converge in England amidst shadows that will never vanish.
Dr. John Z. Guzlowski
Eastern Illinois University
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