Marzi: a memoir by Marzena Sowa, with art by Sylvain Savoia; translated by Anjali Singh
Date read: 23 February – 12 March 2017
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Challenges: 2017gnc, 2017nfc, 2017trans
Oversize paperback, 230 pages
First American edition published 2011 by DC Comics. Published by arrangement with Mediatoon Licensing, France. Original title: Marzi – L’Integrale 1 – La Pologne vue par les yeux d’une enfant
Source: Deschutes Public Library [Graphic Novel SOWA MARZENA]
I quite appreciated and enjoyed this memoir of young girl growing up in 1980s Poland. While Sowa may have experienced them quite differently, many of the topics and events that she covers are also touchstones for me as I spent much of my time in Europe in the 1980s and both of my children were born there (1980 and 1983).
These are some of the big events/topics she covers and dates from Wikipedia:
- The Polish Pope, John Paul II 16 October 1978 – 2 April 2005
- Solidarity / Solidarność founded on 17 September 1980
- Martial law Poland December 13, 1981 to July 22, 1983
- Chernobyl 26 April 1986
- Tiananmen Square 04 June 1989
- fall of the Berlin Wall began the evening of 9 November 1989
I was in Germany the first time when Pope John Paul II was elected and for the rise of Solidarity. I quite well remember the declaration of martial law in Poland. I was stationed on a nuclear missile site in then West Germany and the entirety of the US military in Europe went on high alert.
When Chernobyl happened I was stationed in Belgium and well remember not being able to eat certain food products for months.
I found her young, but lived, experience of and reactions to TV, religion, visiting rural relatives for farming and vacation, living in a high-rise and stairwell culture, American toothpaste, food lines, and so on to be interesting and empathy building. I, too, have experienced sides of many of these but certainly not all and often not to the extent she did.
This is the 21st book in my Nonfiction Reading Challenge 2017 [2017nfc] and the 9th reviewed.
This is the 2nd book in my Books in Translation Reading Challenge [2017trans]. Whoa! I am way behind on this!
This is the 9th book in my 2017 10th Annual Graphic Novel/Manga Challenge [2017gnc]