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My Two Polish Grandfathers And Other Essays on the Imaginative Life
My Two Polish Grandfathers And Other Essays on the Imaginative Life

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Award winning and critically acclaimed writer Witold Rybczynski delivers a revelatory collection of linked autobiographical essays - Part memoir, part family history about the upheavals of European lives during World War II, his own intellectual development, and the universal languages of art, music and architecture.
Witold Rybczynski's parents and grandparents were a thriving, cultured family in prewar Warsaw, then a sophisticated European city. With the onset of war, their world fell apart. His mother and father made separate escapes, reuniting against many odds on a ship bound for Scotland from Marseilles.

That people can lose everything, overcome stunning odds to survive, remake themselves in a foreign country, learn a new language and culture, and then do it again is extraordinary. My Two Polish Grandfathers is a testament to the boundaryless world of art, architecture, and music -- which can be transported from one country to another -- and clear affirmation of Rybczynski's own path toward becoming an architect and one of today's most original thinkers.

Beautifully written, thoughtful, and extraordinarily subtle, this riveting work offers a rare glimpse into the development of Rybczynski's educated outsider's eye and is a tribute to a European generation that has helped to define postwar American culture.
  • Hardcover
  • 240 pages
  • 2009
  • Size - 5.25" x 8.25"

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