The March Author:W.S. Kuniczak This extraordinary novel tells the tragic and inspiring story of the Polish people and the national nightmare of conquest and occupation that followed the invasion by Germany and Russia. — When their country was overrun in 1939, the lives of the Polish people were changed utterly. Thousands were deported to Soviet work camps,others lived in hidi... more »ng, millions more were arrested and murdered. The March is a masterful blend of history and imagination that shows people caught up in the sweep of earthsahking events. W.S. Kuniczak has the remarkable ability to make his characters part of the human experience itself. Their lives explore eternal questions about survival and the battle against brutality that war involves.
There is Tarski, the professional soldier whose devotion to duty blinds him to truths other than his own and who is murdered with thousands of others in the Katyn Forest; Mendeltort, an impassioned Zionist, whose commitment to the cause of his people leads him to a dreadful personal decision; Catherine, who grows through the circumstances of war and separation to an understanding of herself; Abel a youthful poet, whom the agonies of prison carry to manhood; Kobza, a janitor in peacetime transformed by the needs of others into a leadr of men; Dr. Promba, who embarks on a magnificent journey through the Siberian wilderness in search of the family that was taken from him.
What emerges at last is a beautiful and awesome puzzle in which the lives of the characters come together reflecting the destiny of their nation. It is a story about the agony of betrayal, about the uses of hope and courage, and the redemptive power of love.« less