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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Baker & Taylor
A collection of linked autobiographical essays traces the upheavals of European life during World War II as experienced by the author's parents and grandparents in Warsaw, tracing how their thriving and cultured existence was decimated by the war while revealing the odds they overcame in order to survive and stay together. 25,000 first printing.

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Autobiographical essays trace the upheavals of European life during World War II as experienced by the author's parents and grandparents in Warsaw, and discuss the author's own intellectual development.
The story of how the author's forebears left Poland because of World War II and ended up in Canada.

Simon and Schuster
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.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2009
ISBN: 9780743235983
0743235983
Branch Call Number: 720.92 RYBCZ RYBCZ

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May 17, 2016

A brief collection of some memories up to the point of his early career. Surprisingly, he remembers virtually nothing of his early jobs at various architectural offices, and the first work he could be said to be serious about, a place to build a little boat, turned into a minor fiasco - and he was a licensed architect by then!

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