Marzena Sowa, author of Marzi, was born in Stawola Wola, Poland, in 1979. At that time, Poland was under a communist rule, and the Cold War was actively going on. Through her book, we can get a pretty in-depth idea of how Sowa grew up, and how the warlike conditions affected her childhood.
Sowa grew up in a deprived society, living in what appears to be the lower end of the middle class. She had a somewhat normal childhood, even though the economy was extremely stressed. She had a vivid imagination, though sometimes it doesn’t really make her feel any better about her situation in life.
She is forced to grow up early, in a sense, by being made to acknowledge how very dangerous wartime Poland is. For example, when her father goes away to a strike, she immediately interprets her father’s actions as dangerous rebellion, and jumps to the conclusion that her father could be dead already.
Sowa herself talks about her overactive imagination in an interview with the LA Times, stating that she “felt what they felt, and maybe even worse, because children have an extraordinary imagination, and for me the souvenirs of the martial law were not so far away”.
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