Marzi by Marzena Sowa
A memoir

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"I am Marzi, born in 1979, ten years before the end of communism in Poland. My father works at a factory, my mother at a dairy. Social problems are at their height. Empty stores are our daily bread. I'm scared of spiders, and the world of adults doesn't seem like a walk in the park." Told from a young girl's perspective, Marzena Sowa's memoir of a childhood shaped by politics feels remarkably fresh and immediate. Structured as a series of vignettes that build on one another, MARZI is a compelling and powerful coming-of-age story that portrays the harsh realities of life behind the Iron Curtain while maintaining the everyday wonders and curiosity of childhood. With open and engaging art by Sylvain Savoia, MARZI is a moving and resonant story of an ordinary girl in turbulent, changing times.

About Marzena Sowa

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Marzena Sowa was born in Stalowa Wola Poland in 1979
Published November 21, 2011 by Vertigo. 240 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Comics & Graphic Novels, Travel. Fiction

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With the wide-eyed and skinny characterization of her child self (drawn by Belgian cartoonist Savoia), Sowa tells stories that evoke classic images of the Iron Curtain—long lines into sparsely stocked grocery stores, concrete apartment buildings, and factory smoke stacks—with a personal persp...

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New York Journal of Books

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“In our time, where the struggle for democracy is once again coming to the forefront of our national and international dialogue, we can look to Marzi as an example of this common struggle for democratic elections and freedom from the yoke of oppressive governments .

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Using a limited palette of browns, grays, and reds and a strict six-panels-per-page layout, Sylvain Savoia creates art that fits the subject perfectly -- alternately cartoonish and highly realistic to depict Marzi's inner and outer worlds.

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