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My Two Polish Grandfathers: And Other Essays on the Imaginative Life
My Two Polish Grandfathers: And Other Essays on the Imaginative Life by Witold Rybczynski 0743235983 9780743235983
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My Two Polish Grandfathers: And Other Essays on the Imaginative Life by Witold Rybczynski

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 Rybczynskis 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 Grandfathersis a testament to the boundaryless world of art, architecture, and music -- which can be transported from one country to another -- and clear affirmation of Rybczynskis own path toward becoming an architect and one of todays most original thinkers.Beautifully written, thoughtful, and extraordinarily subtle, this riveting work offers a rare glimpse into the development of Rybczynskis educated outsiders eye and is a tribute to a European generation that has helped to define postwar American culture.

Author: Witold Rybczynski

Language: English

Edition: First Edition

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 240

Publisher: Scribner

Publication Date: 2009-02-03

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ISBN: 0743235983


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