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The House with the Stained-Glass Window
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The House with the Stained-Glass Window (Paperback)

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"The House with the Stained-Glass Window is remarkable, a gripping, Lvivian evocation of a city and a family across a long and painful century, at once personal and political, a novel of life and survival across the ages" PHILIPPE SANDS, author of East West Street



In 1989, Marianna, the beautiful star soprano at the Lviv opera, is shot dead in the street as she leads the Ukrainian citizens in their protest against Soviet power. Only eleven years old at the time, her daughter tells the story of their family before and after that critical moment - including, ten years later, her own passionate affair with an older, married man.



Just like their home city of Lviv, which stands at the crossroads of nations and cultures, the women in this family have had turbulent lives, scarred by war and political turmoil, but also by their own inability to show each other their feelings. Lyrically told, this is the story of a young girl's emotional, sexual, artistic and political awakening as she matures under the influence of her relatives, her mother's former lover, her city and its fortunes.



Translated from the Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones

Fiction & PoetryFiction in translationFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Quercus Publishing Publication Date: 21/09/2017 ISBN-13: 9780857057136  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Zanna Sloniowska was born in 1978 in Lviv and is a journalist and translator. She now lives in Krakow. She is the first winner of the Znak Publishers' Literary Prize, for which her novel was chosen from among over a thousand entries. In 2016, Zanna Sloniowska won the Conrad Award, the Polish award for first novels.

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Lviv. A city with four identities – Austro-Hungarian Lemberg, Polish Lwów, Soviet Lvov and the Ukrainian Lviv that we know today. These four cities pull apart and coalesce in Słoniowska’s tale of four generations of women navigating the shifting borders of eastern Europe. Taking us right up to the Euromaidan demonstrations, The House with the Stained-Glass Window is an audacious account of how people and places can rarely, if ever, be reduced to one thing. This is the novel our fractured world needs.

Gary Perry, Charing Cross Road

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 06/04/2018

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