Necessary Lies - Poland

2000, Author Eva Stachniak

This novel is a great introduction to the moral dilemmas of Life in Central and Eastern Europe.

It captures the mood and tensions of relationships in Communist and post communist Poland although the cultural insights are valid more widely. It covers issues of communication, assumptions, expectations and the clash of value systems.

Wroclaw was a German city which became Polish at the end of the Second World War. How does a country change nationality? What are the issues and implications? What effect does it have on the people involved? What happens to the historical memory of a city whose people who are moved out in a matter of weeks and whose place is taken by people from another country.

If you were not there this book will help you understand those who were.

Pub: Simon and Pierre Fiction. A member of the Dundurn Group.

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