Author Springer, Filip, 1982- author
Title Miedzianka : historia znikania. English
History of a Disappearance : The Story of a Forgotten Polish Town / Filip Springer ; translated from the Polish by Sean Gasper Bye
Imprint Brooklyn, NY : Restless Books, 2017
book jacket
 人文社會聯圖  DK4800.M518 S6713 2017    AVAILABLE    30610020566048
Edition First Restless Books paperback edition
Descript 319 pages ; maps ; 21 cm
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Note "First published as 'Miedzianka : historia znikania' by Wydawnictwo Czarne, 2011"--Title page verso
Includes bibliographical references
"Lying at the crucible of Central Europe, the Silesian village of Kupferberg suffered the violence of the Thirty Years War, the Napoleonic Wars, the World War I. After Stalin's post-World War II redrawing of Poland's borders, Kupferberg became Miedzianka, a town settled by displaced people from all over Poland and a new center of the Eastern Bloc's uranium-mining industry. Decades of neglect and environmental degradation led to the town being declared uninhabitable, and the population was evacuated. Today, it exists only in ruins, with barely a hundred people living on the unstable ground above its collapsing mines. Springer catalogs the lost human elements: the long-departed tailor and deceased shopkeeper; the parties, now silenced, that used to fill the streets with shouts and laughter, and the once-beautiful cemetery, with gravestones upended by tractors and human bones scattered by dogs. In Miedzianka, Springer sees a microcosm of European history, and a powerful narrative of how the ghosts of the past continue to haunt us in the present"-- Provided by the publisher
Translated from the Polish
Subject Miedzianka (Województwo Dolnośląskie, Poland) -- History
Alt Author Bye, Sean Gasper, translator