The Last Mazurka

Author(s): Andrew Tarnowski


This is the paperback edition of Andrew Tarnowski's critically-acclaimed memoir, a beautifully-written saga which is the first book to both chart Poland's brutal 20th-century history and to reveal the secret world of an intriguing clan. The Last Mazurka is a good old-fashioned tale of love and passion, warring families, jealousy, violence, hidden secrets and betrayal, all set against the back drop of the Great War and the Second World War, with snowy landscapes, wolf hunts, grand lords and a healthy splash of vodka. Written with rich detail and dialogue, unexpected humour, and brutal honesty, it is full of extraordinary anecdote, vibrant characters and intriguing locations (Poland, London, Paris, Scotland, Cairo, Belgrade, Palestine). But it is also a tale of exile and loss, of devastation, self-destruction and downfall. Tarnowski has written with honesty and tenderness, never shying away from the painful and sometimes unedifying details. The result is a brilliant snapshot of a lost world. Never was Tolstoy's dictum 'each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way' so apt.


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"'I read it from beginning to end with admiration. It is rich, well-organized and stoical. Everything in it is finely judged. It deserves to find many readers.' V. S. Naipaul 'This sensitive memoir is one man's act of solidarity with his people: past, present and to come...[a] splendid portrait' Sunday Times 'This is he best way into history - real flesh and blood struggling to live and to love in their collapsing world of war and exile. And written with exquisite precision.' Norman Davies 'It makes one wish one could have met the characters in the flesh... a fascinating history and a moving personal memoir.' Piers Paul Read"

Andrew Tarnowski, born in Geneva and raised in Britain to an exiled Polish family, was a correspondent for Reuters. He works in Dubai for the Gulf News.

General Fields

  • : 9781845132194
  • : Aurum Press Ltd
  • : Aurum Press Ltd
  • : 0.0
  • : March 2007
  • : 197mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Andrew Tarnowski
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
  • : 943.805092
  • : 368
  • : 16 pp b/w illustrations