Marzi by Marzena Sowa

Marzi

“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 o...


Details Marzi

TitleMarzi
ISBN9781401229597
Author
Release DateOct 25th, 2011
PublisherVertigo
LanguageEnglish
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Autobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, History, Cultural, Poland
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Reviews Marzi

  • Orsodimondo
    2012-11-24
    GLI OCCHI DI UNA BAMBINA CHE VEDONO LONTANOTenera, dolce, spiritosa, acuta, divertente, Marzi-Marzena mi ha fatto fare un bel viaggio in un tempo e in un luogo che conosco poco. Mi ha raccontato la sua infanzia in Polonia: mentre nasceva Solidarnosc con i primi scioperi e il regime reagiva dichiarando lo stato di guerra - Chernobyl - papa Wojtyla e il cattolicesimo tra la gente comune (la parte che preferisco) - la fabbrica, le code per comprare ...
  • Simona
    2019-02-24
    Som nadsena! Hladam dalsi diel
  • Noran Miss Pumkin
    2011-10-24
    This book was a win from first reads give-away. It was an advanced copy=not for sale.The story follows the trials and tribulations, as well as the joys, hopes, and drams of a girl growing up in Communist Poland, in the 1970's. I remember being about the same age at this time, and dreading the Red Menace, that plagued my grandparents' homeland. I thought how horrid it would be somewhere, where they decided what you would do, where you lived, and w...
  • piperitapitta
    2019-02-12
    Dall'altra parteNon sono un'esperta del genere graphic novel piuttosto che del fumetto (tanto è vero che non so nemmeno se siano due modi differenti per definire la stessa cosa!), ma so riconoscere cosa mi piace da cosa non mi piace: Marzi mi è piaciuto moltissimo.Mi sono piaciuti i disegni (un tratto pulito e un'impaginazione chiara e per niente confusa), mi è piaciuto lo sguardo infantile per descrivere la Polonia degli anni '80 (prima della...
  • R
    2012-01-25
    Let me just say how much I loved little Marzi. Her character is sweet, charming, and vulnerable, with a healthy dose of insecurity brought on by the culture of her environment and a mother who seemed to feel she had to bring Marzi up with an iron first. Marzi was just a normal little girl, watching as her parents stood in line for simple food staples, went to school with friends who had goods her family seemingly couldn't afford, and spent time w...
  • Agnes
    2012-01-06
    Yes, I'm biased as can be reviewing this wonderful graphic novel about a girl born at the end of the 1970s to live through the last decade of communism in Poland. Yes, I grew up in the same city of Stalowa Wola and shared so many similar experiences like time spent with relatives in the countryside, and being told that “children and fish don’t have a voice.” Despite this incredibly coincidental bias I will still congratulate Marzi for writi...
  • Steve
    2014-03-12
    This is another one I find really difficult to rate. I wouldn't describe it as touching, or moving, or exciting, though it can be some of those things at times. I'd most describe it as... interesting. It's delivered very plainly, and most of the vignettes are about everyday life. It's informative, but it's slice-of-life... so by its very nature, it's not super gripping. It's smart - it has a great eye for minor events that make statements, both t...
  • Raina
    2018-02-20
    This was so good!I'm pretty startled that it took me so long to discover it.Marzi grew up in Poland, and is just a few years older than I am (she was born in 1979). I'm sure a million people have asked her "What was it like to grow up under communism?"*This book seems to be her answer.I really liked the approach of the book. Marzi's chapters are extremely episodic. She doesn't vary her panel layout at all - six panels per page, and each chapter i...
  • Lorenzo Berardi
    2012-12-17
    Calling this book "The Polish Persepolis" as many did would not be fair.What I like, apart from the book, is the story behind its genesis.Let's take a French illustrator and a Polish woman with some writing skills. Let's call them Sylvain and Marzena. Then let these two fall in love with each other.Visiting Marzena's country, Sylvain got interested in the childhood of his girlfriend and he asked her to remember those days. Marzena did it beginnin...
  • Sylva
    2012-01-11
    Dobře napsaný a skvěle ilustrovaný autobiografický grafický román nebo spíš sled samostatných příběhů o dětství v komunistickém Polsku v druhé polovině 80. let. Fronty v obchodech, povinné lékařské prohlídky, Černobyl, polská obdoba Tuzexu, dlouhé velikonoční mše, stávky dělníků, Solidarność - to všechno líčené očima a jazykem malé a zvědavé Marzi s velkýma modrýma očima.Kdo tehdejší dobu zažil, p...
  • Krocht Ehlundovič
    2018-12-31
    Bol raz jeden deň a Paulinko sa opäť a zas nachádzal v Martinuse a čo tam našiel, čo tam vyňuchal? Okrem inakvejšich komiksov aj tento, nepoznaný a jemu neznámy: Marzi. Keď som domov kráčal s touto knihou pod pazuchou, brnelo mi v hlave, oči mi blúdili po jej chrbte, neodolal som, nakukol, no nechcel som si nič z nej prečítať - veď tak sa komiksy nečítajú, ručal som sám sebe v hlave. Nejaký čas sedela v mojej knižnici...
  • Radka
    2012-10-21
    Dětskou perspektivu v komiksech mám ráda. Přijde mi, že komiks se dobře hodí k vyprávění dětských vzpomínek, protože člověku z těch dob často utkví spíš útržky zážitků, pocity a obrazy, a je snazší takové fragmenty zrekonstruovat prostřednictvím komiksové zkratky, než v próze, kde je potřeba verbálně simulovat dětský způsob myšlení, čehož je asi schopný jenom málokdo. Ale co já vím. Marzi se mi kaž...
  • Beata Malinowska
    2015-03-26
    The autobiographical novel "Marzi" written by Marzena Sowa greatly depicts living in Comunist rule. Marzi is the main character in the novel, and through her eyes we can observe political and historical changes that are taking place in the 1980s Poland. Although on the each page of the novel we can notice the same six-panel layout, the story told from Marzi's point of view does not happen to be monotonous. Quite the opposite: the reader does not ...
  • Michael Scott
    2012-11-26
    My list of graphic novels depicting the horrors of daily life under a Communist regime is growing: after Pyongyang A Journey in North Korea, The Year of the Pioneer, Acum nu e momentul and other Romanian books by Mihai Stanescu, I found the wonderful memoir of Marzena Sowa, Marzi. Overall, this is one of the best first-hand accounts of a survivor of those times, aided greatly by the visuals. Recommended for anyone interested in life under Communi...
  • Roberta
    2016-06-18
    Marzena Sowa è nata un anno dopo di me, ma in Polonia. I suoi ricordi, messi su carta dal fidanzato, hanno un piacevolissimo senso di vicinanza. Entrambe passavamo le vacanze in campagna dai nonni, ma io non ho mai dovuto fare ore di coda davanti a un negozio con le tessere del razionamento per comprare degli alimentari. Entrambe abbiamo osservato, senza capire bene, le preoccupazioni degli adulti per Černobyl' (data la vicinanza geografica le ...
  • Skye Kilaen
    2015-02-06
    Marzi is a memoir of growing up in communist Poland, with its hardships and political unrest. It's also the story of a little girl's family and friends, and the bright spots that keep them going. It's not overtly focused on the political, but Marzi grows into understanding what's going on around her. Especially when her father becomes active in the struggle for liberation. Even if you're not interested in history, though, this is an excellent mem...
  • Fátima López Sevilla
    2014-08-17
    I was born just months before the Berlin Wall fell in Spain from foreign parents, so all the stories about life under a state of war, communism, civil war, dictatorship... come to me from books, articles, TV and cinema and, sometimes, from friends whose relatives lived such years.Thus, my knowledge about what happened in Eastern Europe is reduced to school books and such. As a fan of graphic novel memoirs, I find 'Marzi' a really good one, tender...
  • DaViD´82
    2015-07-05
    Polský komiksový Hrdý Budžes, který funguje po "nostalgické" stránce "jé, tohle jsem taky znal/měl, tohle bylo jak u nás, přesně takhle se v osmdesátkách ve východním bloku vyrůstalo", ale jinak nemá moc co nabídnout. Jednotlivé střípky mnohdy postrádají pointu a formální stránka to též neutáhne; ona šedivá vyblitost barev a striktní rozdělení každé stránky na šest shodných okének sice odráží uniformitu...
  • Ali
    2013-03-18
    Yes, it's slow and "vignettes" is definitely the right term for this storytelling... but it was charming and true to the child's perspective. I enjoyed it very much.
  • Paul
    2017-09-02
    The world of graphic novels is not one I turn to often these days. When i was younger I read them a lot. As a dyslexic I was encouraged to do so as they figured few words would help with my learning to read. However I have long since given up the world of cape crusaders and men of Steele. For the most part it takes a lot o get my attention in this form of reading. The last being Mouse the tale of surviving the holocaust. So it was with only idle ...
  • Paul
    2018-12-24
    This is fantastic slice of life series of stories. They are the reminiscences of Marzena Sowa from her childhood growing up in Poland during the late 1980s as Communism was falling in Eastern Europe. These are touching and insightful stories that warm your heart and give you a better understanding of the power of belief and perseverance.
  • Quanti
    2019-04-18
    Trošku něco jiného, než jsem od toho čekala, ale pořád dobré k zamyšlení, jak podobné a naopak jak jiné to bylo za socíku u nás a v Polsku. Moc pěkné ilustrace, slušný překlad. Popravdě asi spíš slušné 3-3,5*, ale zaokrouhluju subjektivně nahoru za hlavní postavu, která je k sežrání.
  • Simone
    2018-08-07
    Miluju komiksy. A obzvlášť ty, do kterých pronikáme skrze dětské oči. A dozvídáme se něco víc než jen vymyšlený příběh.
  • Mathew
    2018-02-07
    Possibly aimed at the same audience (age-wise) as Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, Marzi is an autobiographical recollection of Marzena Sowa's life growing up in communist Poland during the 80s. Her life is reflected in the dull, muted, grey colouring, full of queues and whispered angsts amongst adults against the state. Throughout, the young Marzi is desperate to find out the truth of the story behind their country but when she eventually d...
  • Manon the Malicious
    2017-12-01
    I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This was okay but it had no beginning nor end...It was kinda of a testimony of the life of a kid in 1979 in Poland.Basically, it was interesting but not captivating...I also was not a huge fan of the art...
  • Emilyn
    2011-11-26
    Originally posted at http://littleapplebookworm.blogspot.c...This simply but beautifully illustrated graphic novel tells the story of Marzi, a young girl coming of age behind the Iron Curtain. Marzena Sowa was born in 1979 in Stalowa Wola, Poland. The majority of this graphic novel, written as a series of vignettes, takes place in the years leading up to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Ms. Sowa manages to demonstrate both the uncertainty of ...
  • Dar
    2014-05-01
    This is a memoir about a young girl living in Communist Poland in the 1980s. I would give this book 5 stars for authenticity. The author captured her childhood experiences in vignettes of 2-4 pages, each one a little comic strip of daily life. I read the book in "bits and bites" over a month. Marzi (the character) was a three-dimensional person. I found myself irritated with her at times, just like I would be with a real child! I found the book h...
  • Jason
    2012-05-29
    Marzi's got a bit of a slow burn, because it's a series of vignettes only loosely tied together with narrative. What's nice about that is that it's easy to pick up and put down again if you only have small blocks of time to read. It does, however, reward he patient reader with a sense of time and place not necessarily connected to narrative, a sense of how one's own childhood connects with Marzi's--because so much of our own childhoods follow tha...