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Things I Didn’t Throw Out
  • ISBN: 9781914198021
  • Pages: 208
  • Publisher: Daunt Books
  • Binding: Paperback

Things I Didn’t Throw Out

Marcin Wicha

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Things I Didn’t Throw Out is a book about making sense of history, both the personal and political. An intimate, unconventional and very funny memoir about everything we leave behind.

Marcin Wicha’s mother Joanna was a collector of everyday objects: lamps, penknives, paperbacks, mechanical pencils, inflatable headrests. When she dies, Wicha is left to sort through her things. Through them, he begins to construct an image of Joanna as a Jewish woman, a mother and a citizen. As Poland emerged from the Second World War and became a Communist regime, shortages of every kind shaped its people in profound ways. What they chose to buy, keep and, arguably, hoard tells the story of contemporary Poland.

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