There are accidental heroes and inadvertent villains, surprising and unexpected switches that lend the book its extraordinary originality.
An exceptional storyteller, Szczypiorski passionately recreates the tumultuous war years for us... A rare find.
A masterpiece of modern prose which grips the reader with the power of a high-class thriller.
Szczypiorski recounts the eternal calvary of a Poland drunk with independence, but always enslaved and always crushed, in a sparse language as classical as that of Thomas Mann. Superb.
A masterful accomplishment, written with the kind of suspense that makes it impossible to put down.
The authorial voice here - now gentle, now sardonic, but always piercingly omniscient - takes unique advantage of its eighties' perspective to create an unforgettable group portrait.