KRAJ z KSIĘŻYCA. Podróże do serca Polski

KRAJ z KSIĘŻYCA. Podróże do serca PolskiWydawnictwo Czarne, Warszawa 2010r.
ISBN: 978-83-7536-186-5

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The English edition is called A Country in the Moon : Travels in Search of the Heart of Poland (Granta Books, London 2009)

ISBN: 978 1 84708 104 9  (Description in English)

This painting on the cover of the Polish Edition above is by the Great War Polish cavalry officer and amateur artist Tomasz Kucharski. This detail from the full painting was used for the cover design. The officers are dancing a mazur. I found his wonderfully naive art forgotten in a gallery at the Teutonic Knights castle of Gniew on the banks of the Vistula. In the castle there was an exhibition of his amateur paintings mainly of cavalry manoeuvres by this Polish cavalry officer from the period of World War I. Tomasz Kucharski had a very distinguished military career as an cavalry officer both in the Great War and World War II and was awarded the Virtuti Militari . He was also an amateur artist. I did not know this and it is a beautiful additional detail to this particular book.Back in Warsaw for the next couple of months. Weather is quite superb at the moment - cold, sunny and clear blue - melting snow reflecting swathes of white light.

The Polish edition is a beautiful production – layout and typography are elegant, the paper of excellent quality, the cover is marvellous and suits the contents. I am very happy with it.

The last instalment of the book is being read in Poland over the radio today by the well known young actor Rafał Królikowski. It is the fifth anniversary of Pope John Paul II's death and I expect they will read the closing paragraphs which deal with my experience in Warsaw of this sad occasion and the moving vigils throughout the nights.

I am very nervous concerning the reception of this book written by an Australian with absolutely no Polish or Jewish roots.

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