Łódź. Miasto po przejściach – Wojciech Górecki, Bartosz Józefiak

You know this annoying situation when you’re at the airport and still have over an hour to your flight and you finish the book you had with you? Well, this happened to me recently, so I did the only reasonable thing and went to the airport bookshop. As always the selection is pretty skewed, but …

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Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe – Kapka Kassabova – Quotes

The weeks went by in the Village in the Valley, and I felt dark and heavy like the plums in the abandoned gardens. The sizzle of insects intensified with the fragrant decay of summer. I didn’t even have the motivation to take myself to the beach anymore. My sense of impasse was mixed with languor, …

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Zrób Sobie Raj – Mariusz Szczygieł

Mariusz Szczygieł is a Polish journalist, at some point more known from his TV presence (he chaired one of the first Polish talk-shows) in the 2000s he focused again in writing. This is his third book I'm reading. I loved Gottland, his tribute to Czech Republic, blending beautifully the funny absurdities with quiet despair. Nie …

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Twilight of Democracy: The Failure of Politics and The Parting of Friends – Anne Applebaum – Quotes

What, then, has caused this transformation? Were some of our friends always closet authoritarians? Or have the people with whom we clinked glasses in the first minutes of the new millennium somehow changed over the subsequent two decades? There is no single explanation, and I will not offer either a grand theory or a universal …

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Twilight of Democracy: The Failure of Politics and The Parting of Friends – Anne Applebaum

This is my first book by Anne Applebaum. She is a journalist and historian, but this one is certainly written more from a journalistic perspective. What drew me to this book is the fact that Applebaum is closely associated with Poland (her husband was at some point a Minister for Foreign Affairs in Poland). So …

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