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Join us for a morning coffee and an entertaining chat as Zanna Słoniowska speaks about her novel, The House with the Stained-Glass Window (translated from the Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones), an acclaimed story of a young girl’s awakening from one of the brightest voices in European Literature.
Amid the turbulence of twentieth-century Lviv, meet four generations of women from the same fractious family, living beneath one roof and each striving to find their way across the decades of upheaval in an ever-shifting city. First, there is Great-Granma, tiny and terrifying, shaped by a life of exile, hardship and doomed love. Then there is Aba, tragic and arthritic; cowed and resented by her mother, her hopes and ambitions crushed. Thirdly, Marianna, the brilliant opera star: bold, beautiful and a fearless crusader for Ukrainian independence. Her life and martyrdom cast a shadow upon the young life of the fourth and final woman, her daughter.
“The House with the Stained-Glass Window is remarkable; a gripping, Lvivian evocation of a city and a family across a long and painful century, at once personal and political, a novel of life and survival across the ages” – Philippe Sands, author of East West Street
Zanna Słoniowska was born in 1978 in Lviv and is a journalist and translator. She now lives in Kraków. She is the first winner of the Znak Publishers’ Literary Prize, for which her novel was chosen from among over a thousand entries. In 2016, she won the Conrad Award, the Polish award for first novels.