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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.Advance Praise for Marzi: "With humor and perspective reminiscent of Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis (2003), debut author Marzena Sowa ("Marzi") shows readers what life was like for her as a young girl growing up in what would soon become post–Communist Poland." —Booklist "A collection of episodes from Sowa's childhood form an engrossing picture of growing up in Communist Poland on the cusp of revolution. 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 perspective." —Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Funny, sweet, complex and beautifully illustrated, I recommend it for every bookshelf. I can't wait to share it with everyone I know!" —Jill Thompson, Award-winning illustrator of Little Endless, Sandman and creator of Scary Godmother and Magic Trixie "Seldom has a book so perfectly caught the child's-eye view of the adult world. An innocent observer of world-shaking events, Marzi is also a thoroughly lovable and engaging narrator, and she fills these pages to bursting." —Mike Carey, New York Times bestselling author of The Unwritten
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