Books about Poland

  • Norman Davis / God’s Playground: A History of Poland
    The writing of Polish history, like Poland itself, has frequently fallen prey to interested parties. Professor Norman Davies adopts a skeptical stance toward all existing interpretations and attempts to bring a strong dose of common sense to his theme. He consequently presents a comprehensive survey of this frequently maligned and usually misunderstood country.


  • Paweł Huelle / Cold Sea Stories
    The characters in Pawel Huelle’s mesmerizing stories find themselves, willingly or not, at the heart of epic narratives; legends and histories that stretch far beyond the limits of their own lives. Against the backdrop of the Baltic coast, mythology and meteorology mix with the inexorable tide of political change: Kashubian folklore, Chinese mysticism and medieval scholarship butt up against the war in Chechnya, 9-11, and the struggle for Polish independence.

Movies about Poland

  • Man of Marble (1977)
    A young Polish filmmaker sets out to find out what happened to Mateusz Birkut, a bricklayer who became a propaganda hero in the 1950s but later fell out of favor and disappeared.


  • 300 Miles to Heaven (1989)
    Based on a true story dating back to 1985 when two Polish boys, a teenager and his little brother, escaped from communist Poland all the way to Sweden, hidden under a truck. In the movie, their destination has been changed to Denmark.


  • Escape from the ‘Liberty’ Cinema (1990)
    During the screening of the film “Daybreak” at the Liberty Cinema, movie characters suddenly come alive and begin to talk to the viewers. The situation surprises communist authorities who send a censor to the theatre.


  • Cold War (2018)
    In the 1950s, a music director falls in love with a singer and tries to persuade her to flee communist Poland for France.
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Hi. I’m Juliana Dever and according to science I have some sort of "exploration" gene. Embracing this compulsion, I spend a lot of time hurtling around the planet in metal tubes experiencing other cultures and writing humorous essays about it. Enjoy.


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