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Written by Marzena SowaAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Marzena Sowa
Illustrated by Sylvain SavoiaAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Sylvain Savoia

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo
  • On Sale: October 25, 2011
  • Price: $17.99
  • ISBN: 978-1-4012-2959-7 (1-4012-2959-X)
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“I am Marzi, born in 1979, ten years before the end of communism in Poland. My father works at a factory, my mother at a dairy. Social problems are at their height. Empty stores are our daily bread. I’m scared of spiders and the world of adults doesn’t seem like a walk in the park.”

Told from a young girl’s perspective, Marzena Sowa’s memoir of a childhood shaped by politics feels remarkably fresh and immediate. Structured as a series of vignettes that build on one another, Marzi is a compelling and powerful coming-of-age story that portrays the harsh realities of life behind the Iron Curtain while maintaining the everyday wonders and curiosity of childhood. With open and engaging art by Sylvain Savoia, Marzi is a moving and resonant story of an ordinary girl in turbulent, changing times.

" . . . An engrossing picture of growing up in Communist Poland on the cusp of revolution. With the wide-eyed and skinny characterization of her child self (drawn by Belgian cartoonist Savoia), Sowa tells stories that evoke classic images of the Iron Curtain . . . with a personal perspective. Without being heavy-handed or sacrificing any of its singular charm, the book subtly invokes a comparison between the place of the children in society and that of the oppressed under authoritarian regimes." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)