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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Odwiedziny. Rozmowy od dizajnie – Aleksandra Koperda

I have to admit to a little dirty secret. As I walk in the cites I visit, one of my favorite pleasures, especially at dusk, is looking into people's homes. I'm insatiably curious to see how other people's houses are furnished and decorated. Always amazed by the endless ways we can live our life. And …

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How Did We Get Into This Mess?: Politics, Equality, Nature – George Monbiot- Quotes

So if you don't fit in; if you feel at odds with the world; if your identity is troubled and frayed; if you feel lost and ashamed, it could be because you have retained the human values you were supposed to have discarded. You are a deviant. Be proud. To seek enlightenment, intellectual or spiritual; …

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How Did We Get Into This Mess?: Politics, Equality, Nature – George Monbiot

This one I bought what feels like a lifetime ago in Bookmarks in London, during my 12 bookshops for 12 months project in 2018. It was the day of my October bookshop crawl, where the spoils were abundant, I think only now I'm getting them under control. Having just finished Returning to Reims (review in the …

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