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Security Empire The Secret Police in Communist Eastern Europe
ISBN: HB: 9780300242577, Yale University Press, August 2020
416 pp., 23.4x15.2 cm, 16 black&white illus.
This book examines the history of early secret police forces in Poland, Czechoslovakia, and East Germany in the aftermath of the Second World War. Molly Pucci delves into the ways their origins diverged from the original Soviet model based on differi...
Kaddish Pages on Tadeusz Kantor
ISBN: PB: 9780857427489, Seagull Books, May 2020
64 pp., 17.7x10.7 cm, 16 halftones
Tadeusz Kantor (1915-1990) was renowned for his revolutionary theater performances in both his native Poland and abroad. Despite nominally being a Catholic, Kantor had a unique relationship with Jewish culture and incorporated many elements of Jewish...
Stalin and the Fate of Europe The Postwar Struggle for Sovereignty
ISBN: HB: 9780674238770, Harvard University Press, December 2019
368 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm, 14 photos, 8 maps
Was the division of Europe after World War II inevitable? In this powerful reassessment of the postwar order in Europe, Norman Naimark suggests that Joseph Stalin was far more open to a settlement on the continent than we have thought. Through reveal...
Marcos Kurtycz An Art of Total Action Against the State of War
ISBN: HB: 9788417047900, Prestel Publishing, Editorial RM, November 2019
376 pp., 28x22 cm, 635 colour and black&white illus.
This publication reproduces images of the posters, mail art, letters and artists' books that Polish-born artist Marcos Kurtycz (1934-96) made in defiance of the commodification of art Mexico, where he moved in the late 1960s.
Necroperformance Cultural Reconstructions of the War Body
ISBN: PB: 9783035801910, University of Chicago Press, Diaphanes, November 2019
448 pp., 24.1x15.2 cm, 30 halftones
In "Necroperformance", Dorata Sajewska proposes an innovative perspective for looking back at the formative process of Polish modernity, delving into repressed areas of experience connected with World War I and the ensuing emancipatory movements. Und...
American Warsaw The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of Polish Chicago
ISBN: HB: 9780226406619, University of Chicago Press, October 2019
296 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm, 44 halftones
Every May, a sea of 250,000 people decked out in red and white head to Chicago's Loop to celebrate the Polish Constitution Day Parade. In the city, you can tune in to not one but four different Polish-language radio stations or jam out to the Polkaho...
Charleston Fancy Little Houses and Big Dreams in the Holy City
ISBN: HB: 9780300229073, Yale University Press, July 2019
256 pp., 23.5x15.6 cm, 43 black&white illus.
Charleston, South Carolina, which boasts America's first historic district, is known for its palmetto-lined streets and picturesque houses. The Holy City, named for its profusion of churches, exudes an irresistible charm. Award-winning author and cul...
Voices from the Warsaw Ghetto Writing Our History
ISBN: HB: 9780300236729, Yale University Press, June 2019
280 pp., 21x14 cm, 7 black&white illus.
Hidden in metal containers and buried underground during World War II, these writings from the Warsaw Ghetto record the Holocaust in the words of its first interpreters, the victims themselves. Gathered clandestinely by an underground ghetto collecti...
Alicja Kwade: ParaPivot The Roof Garden Commission
ISBN: PB: 9781588396679, Yale University Press, Metropolitan Museum of Art, June 2019
64 pp., 18.4x11 cm, 58 colour illus.
Contemporary artist Alicja Kwade (b. 1979) has received international acclaim for her minimalist, large-scale sculptures and installations intended to parse, but not resolve, various scientific and metaphysical conundrums. Kwade's site-specific insta...
Heart of Darkness and Other Stories Barnes & Noble Flexibound Editions
ISBN: FLEXI: 9781435168480, GMC Group, Barnes & Noble, April 2019
368 pp., 21.6x15.3 cm, illus.
The horror! The horror! These are Kurtz's final words in Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness", the story of a man who travels into the jungle to seek his fortune and who instead finds an all-consuming moral and spiritual wilderness. Conrad's enduring...