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From Corsets to Communism with Jenny Robertson

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Blackwell's is pleased to be hosting the launch of From Corsets to Communism, Jenny Robertson's literary biography which celebrates the achievements of a pioneering, pivotal female writer whose love of life not only propelled her to fame, but gave her the courage to witness atrocity.

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Witness to two world wars and Poland’s struggle for independence, Zofia Nalkowska’s unflinching commitment to modern issues is her gift to European literature. Nalkowska's own story of love affairs, family loyalty and survival is remarkable in itself. Yet, her determination to record others’ truth, however painful, ties her fate to a nation whose battle for identity is both brutal and romantic. Her most renowned work, Medallions, a collection of short stories, exposes and restores dignity to Polish lives – reduced, through Nazi occupation, to starvation in burnt-out cities. In contrast, as a keen and visionary observer of beauty, Nalkowska is innovative in exploring motherhood’s psychological imprint and the blurred boundaries of male and female relationships.

About the Author

Jenny Robertson studied Polish at Glasgow University and spent a post-graduate year in Warsaw where she continued her exploration of Polish life and culture. Ghetto, a collection of poems (Lion Publishing 1989), was shortlisted for a prize and read in the Edinburgh Book Festival. Jenny pursued the theme of the Warsaw Ghetto in Don’t go to Uncle’s Wedding (Azure/SPCK 2000). She writes for the Holocaust journal, PRISM (Azrieli Institute NY).



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