For There is Hope/ bo jest Nadzieja/Martin Stepek
For There is Hope (English / Polish bilingual) by Martin Stepek (paperback)
This book is about Martin Stepek's Polish ancestors' experiences in labour camps during the Second World War and it is illustrated by fascinating sketches of eviction, deportation and life in those camps (courtesy of the Sikorsky Club, Glasgow) and photographs of the Stepek family. Despite the harrowing subject, there is love, hope and humane touches in this beautiful book - a bilingual personal account of one family's fight to stay alive, told from the heart, in the form of a long narrative poem.
"The poem is a prayer, not only for Poland ('that most beguiling of emotional projections') but for all peoples and places in all times which have known displacement and suffering." (Neal Ascherson)