The Bronski House

The Bronski House In the summer of the exiled poet Zofia Ilinska stepped into the Belorussian village where she d spent her childhood It was years since the day she d been forced to flee In part this is the r

  • Title: The Bronski House
  • Author: Philip Marsden
  • ISBN: 9780006386926
  • Page: 376
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the summer of 1992, the exiled poet Zofia Ilinska stepped into the Belorussian village where she d spent her childhood It was 53 years since the day she d been forced to flee In part, this is the remarkable story of what she found, the account of a woman coming face to face with her own past But it is also the reconstruction of a world which vanished in 1939 when SovIn the summer of 1992, the exiled poet Zofia Ilinska stepped into the Belorussian village where she d spent her childhood It was 53 years since the day she d been forced to flee In part, this is the remarkable story of what she found, the account of a woman coming face to face with her own past But it is also the reconstruction of a world which vanished in 1939 when Soviet tanks rolled into eastern Poland.

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    About “Philip Marsden”

    1. Philip Marsden

      Philip Marsden is the author of a number of works of travel writing, fiction and non fiction, including The Bronski House, The Spirit Wrestlers and The Levelling Sea He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and his work has been translated into fifteen languages He lives in Cornwall.

    222 thoughts on “The Bronski House”

    1. What I like best about are those times when a friend here reads and recommends a book that just knocks my socks off; especially when it is a book that I would have been unlikely to find on my own. That is the case with The Bronski House. The story unfolds like the best historical fiction yet it is really a biography/memoir of Zofia, a Polish expatriate/refugee living in England, her mother, grandmother and the loves and losses of their lives in the Borderlands of Eastern Europe from the first y [...]


    2. Philip Marsden has created a small masterpiece from the stories of exiled poet, Zofia Ilinska, and her mother, Helena Bronska, both Polish women whose homes were in land that is now part of Belorus. The peasants in the region were ethnically Belorussians, the borders of that part of Europe changed three times as German and Russian armies advanced and retreated, and the Bronski family were fated always to flee no matter who the invader.Using Helena's diaries and letters as sources, Marsden vividl [...]


    3. The Bronski House is the true story of Zofia, a Polish woman who returns to her homeland in 1992 after fleeing the country in 1939, partly running from Germans and Russians, partly from constantly shifting borders. Part of the story is about her mother, Helena, coming of age during the Bolshevik revolution. The book depicts the effect of war on a wealthy family who became impoverished refugees. It seems like all the war stories I have read recently are about displaced wealthy families. I guess p [...]


    4. Excellent book on the life of two women - mother & daughter growing up in Poland during WW1 and peace time afterwards. Then fleeing during WW2. Written from the mother's diary and what the daughter tells to a young friend as they travel back to the homeland after 30 years. Worth the read.



    5. great journey tale - i think it is out of print now - i gave my copy to someone and they never returned it i am pissed


    6. I enjoyed the opening section, and the other parts directly about Zofia, but not so much the sections about Helena.



    7. This book is written around the lives of two women, a mother and daughter living in what is now Belarus but what was then Poland. The mother had to flee during the First World War and then again, with her daughter during the Second as both Russians and Germans invaded and boundaries changed. Intertwined with this is the return of the daughter after Perestroika to see where she had been brought up and the graves of relatives. This is a beautiful, poetical book about a sad but apparently, lovely p [...]


    8. Philip Marsden, The Bronski House, is a nonfiction work about a Polish woman he knew in England, from whom he got the story of her mother, especially on her experiences in WWI and WWII (they fled in 1939) and her courtships. Beautifully written, and it absolutely captured the Slavic view of the world, which is a fatalistic expectation of the tragic, but in the meantime intensely enjoying the beautiful and often comic world (I speak as someone whose grandparents were from the Balkans, so I am not [...]


    9. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. It was an interesting and accessible account of the life of one family, in particular one girl/woman, living in Belorussia during several wars. It's a story of growing up, living in exile and connection with the land.


    10. I'm leaning more toward a 3.5 than a 3, but more of a 3 than a 4. The story was interesting but I was often confused with places and characters, and didn't really care for any of the main characters. It was fine for what it was, wouldn't read it again.



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