Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Marzi: A Memoir by Marzena Sowa with art by Sylvain Savoia

Marzena Sowa grew up in Soviet controlled Poland during Solidarność (Solidarity).  She tells the story of her life experience and how her life was shaped during this extraordinary time.  By using a series of vignettes, Sowa illustrates the harsh realities of growing up poor in Poland and how regular people shaped a nation.

Marzi is much more than a memoir.  It tells the story of a significant historical event through the eyes of a child.   The art style aids in the storytelling.  The color palate is rather subdued with Savoia using browns, oranges, and reds.  This allows the reader to connect with the story and encapsulates the emotions of the narrative.  Marzi does an excellent job of illustrating life in Poland during this time, but also highlights historical events that may not be widely known.  This is an excellent book for teens and adults to not only learn about another culture, but also see important historical events through the eyes of a child.

You can find Marzi: AMemoir by Marzena Sowa on the VBPL Catalog.  If you enjoyed Marzi: A Memoir, you may want to try Maus by Art Spiegelman or Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.

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