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Ah, the many heavy sighs of a Polish poet But then, one asks, what about the reader Shore s Caviar and Ashes A Warsaw Generation s Life and Death In Marxism, 1918 1968 requires much from a reader Perhaps too much This is a book about Polish poets of a certain generation, but it s not actually about them in any rigorous biographical sense Their names come at you fast and furious Most, I blush to admit, I d never heard of before, or could recall if I had Only Wat, Bruno Schulz, Deutscher Ah, the many heavy sighs of a Polish poet But then, one asks, what about the reader Shore s Caviar and Ashes A Warsaw Generation s Life and Death In Marxism, 1918 1968 requires much from a reader Perhaps too much This is a book about Polish poets of a certain generation, but it s not actually about them in any rigorous biographical sense Their names come at you fast and furious Most, I blush to admit, I d never heard of before, or could recall if I had Only Wat, Bruno Schulz, Deutscher, and Milosz crosses my attention span before and stuck, and the last three are fairly insignificant to the story as a whole, though Wat is a primary if not fundamental player For a book that s ostensibly about poets, there s not a lot about poetry either Can I fault Shore for a lack of literary examination or criticism as to her chosen subjects Perhaps not The reason this book isn t biography this book isn t an introduction to Polish poetry of from the 20s to the 60s and this book also has nothing to do with any sonorous measure This is basically a morality tale offered as history One might balk or scream foul at Shore s use of history to tell a seemingly simple just so story of vaunting artistic pride fallen back onto earth, or under it A group of poets infatuated with their own genius discover a yearning hubris to assist with the transformation of society into a socialist utopia In the 20s this impulse was all the rage, even outside Poland, for obvious reasons In the end though, all with maybe one or two exceptions Wanda Wasilewski likely being one either end up disillusioned or dead I, however, am not inclined to do so Historians have often packed their own personal predilections and agendas in historical writing since the days of Herodotus and called it serious history I believe she is upfront with her narrow focus and intentions Unfortunately, honesty can produce some very lackluster history Perhaps choice of historical ideology carries its share of some of the blame Shore appears to be a student of famous and controversial historian, Hayden White But perhaps I should let her speak directly as to that influence In writing this book I have I hope remained sensitive to White s observation that in necessarily narrativizing history, historians have been biased in favor of order and coherence, that we have always already tended to edit out the chaos and disorder that is thenatural condition of any moment in the past In writing a story that already to some extent possesses a narrative trope that of The God That Failed conversion, disillusionment, repentance I have tried to elude the imposition of typologies or teleological narratives in favor of respecting, and revealing, the nuances and idiosyncrasies of the past Caviar and Ashes is a peculiar work of history inasmuch as it forthrightly states its goals from the beginning and then sets out to achieve them, while espousing sensitivity as to perils of narrativizing history The result, you ask A chaotic jumble, you d wager Interestingly enough, I can t say that We never find out how much Mayakovsky belched during dinner Shore selects material with care pertaining toward the telling of her tale of Polish generational poetic pride What I can say is that Caviar and Ashes has the overall feel of a three hundred page book of gossip The meat, or minutia, within this sandwich is pretty loose Because most were unknown to me, most of these poets never really developed into solid figures, as Shore s history jumps quickly from one personality to another across paragraphs As a result, by the time I got to their final inevitable moment of eternal re education as worm feed or abject disillusionment and depression, I found it extremely difficult to trudge up either an empathic frown or a sadistic smile Shore gives you little evidence as to her subjects talents and accomplishments other than random mention of this play, or that manifesto, or a poetic piece directed to the world of the workbench The reader is treated to quite a bit of their home lives typically disheveled, if not dissolute , their romances sometimes even with other people , their jailings of course , and their break ups a frequent topic , but as to their actual worth as human beings Well, I guess a gracious reader can take that as assumed And they stand in need of charity, too, as Shore s morality tale rather paints themthan a little ironically as littlethan ethnic canon fodder for the Marxism dream Perhaps they deserved better, perhaps not, but if they did then this isn t the book that gives them their propers Maybe I m being hard on Shore portions prompt the reader s interest and are ably written But Shore has shown this reader that between teleology and chaos in history there has to bethan just a harvesting of gossip to arrest interest Maybe Broniewski and his generation would ve been better off with a question mark for an epitaph after all Also, the Kindle edition of this book has no connection of text to footnotes For a book of this sort this is inexcusable and brought down a three star book to two (((Read Book))) ⇺ Caviar and Ashes: A Warsaw Generation's Life and Death in Marxism, 1918-1968 ↡ In the elegant capital city of Warsaw, the editor Mieczyslaw Grydzewski would come with his two dachshunds to a caf called Ziemianska Thus begins the history of a generation of Polish literati born at the fin de si cle They sat in Caf Ziemianska and believed that the world moved on what they said there Caviar and Ashes tells the story of the young avant gardists of the early s who became the radical Marxists of the late s They made the choice for Marxism before Stalinism, before socialist realism, before Marxism meant the imposition of Soviet communism in Poland It ended tragicallyMarci Shore begins with this generation s coming of age after the First World War and narrates a half century long journey through futurist manifestos and proletarian poetry, Stalinist terror and Nazi genocide, a journey from the literary caf s to the cells of prisons and the corridors of power Using newly available archival materials from Poland and Russia, as well as from Ukraine and Israel, Shore explores what it meant to live Marxism as a European, an East European, and a Jewish intellectual in the twentieth century Too many characters, without a clear argument throughout if this is to be an ethnography of Polish Marxists, maybe it hits the mark But for historians, I believe this book raises serious questions about how we write history and construct an argument. Patriots of a bygone Poland had never resigned themselves to statelessness For them, the nineteenth century was an age of insurrections and of inculcating their children the words of the national hymn Poland had not yet perished, as long as we shall live Marci Shore, Caviar and Ashes I chose these words from the opening chapter of Marci Shore s Caviar and Ashes a War Generation s Life and Death in Marxism, 1918 1968 , for I felt like this best describes the mood Shore attempts to set f Patriots of a bygone Poland had never resigned themselves to statelessness For them, the nineteenth century was an age of insurrections and of inculcating their children the words of the national hymn Poland had not yet perished, as long as we shall live Marci Shore, Caviar and Ashes I chose these words from the opening chapter of Marci Shore s Caviar and Ashes a War Generation s Life and Death in Marxism, 1918 1968 , for I felt like this best describes the mood Shore attempts to set for the reader, trying to make us understand the glimpse we are about to get into this generation s mindset This was a lost generation, who in their early twenties, find themselves in a newly independent Poland, and ready to take on the literary world with fresh new eyes unlike anyone had ever seen at that point at least It s clear Dr Shore loves this time period as well as the book itself, mentioning in the opening pages that the first draft of this book was written as her dissertation at Stanford However, for the casual reader, Caviar and Ashes is not really for them.For starters, there s a large cast of characters, so large that Dr Shore attached a character list at the beginning of the book, which I found myself flipping back to whenever I would have a name thrust upon me and I realized I didn t exactly remember who that person was, which was frequent The plot of this book wasof a study of a group of Polish writers, many of them either Marxists or futurists or sometimes both, a term I had to google because I had never heard of it before For the record its people who embrace stuff like living in a bustling city, cars and aeroplanes and other stuff we take advantage of, and how they wanted to rebuild everything from the ground up My description gives it no justice like Shore s telling is, and it makes a lotsense when you think about it, mainly because Shore starts the action of this biography shortly after the Great War , which they had deemed the war to end all wars to shortly after World War 2 This isn t of course, a true biography of these writers, but rather a study, of their actions rather than their works during the time period in question, with just enough personal details sprinkled in to keep the standard reader hooked Of course, as I mentioned before, Shore had originally written this after several years of carefully study, to be read by people who had also studied this time period or at the very least, had some knowledge of this time period As such, when the book starts, for someone with little to no knowledge of this time period like I was, it feels like you re in the middle of the story It s almost like if you only started reading the first Lord of the Rings book and the first thing you read is that Frodo wakes up in Rivendell wondering why he shouldn t be dead from the stab wound apologies for the very nerdy reference, it was the only thing I could really compare it to It becomes clear, when going through this book, that these poets, who created all these wonderful and beautiful pieces of works, they were misfortune enough to have come of age during the early part of the twentieth century, and fell victim to such things as addictions, poverty, and broken hearts, during a twenty five year period during the early part of the twentieth century, which affected their work, for better or worse 2.5 5 or 5 10 Finally I found the author that was able to tell the story of cultural vanguard in the twentieth century from Central and Eastern Europe and did it in such a narrative way, which brought answers for many of my own questions I read it in a few fast evenings, and soon after I went through her next book Very important, both for Central and East European readers as well as for all interested in the intelectual history of this region. Incredibly detailed account of the lives of a generation of Polish intellectuals and their encounters with communism It takes a bit to get a hold on all the people and their Polish names , but once you do, it s surprisingly compelling reading The lack of analysis throughout is rather irritating. This book is full of tiny details and lacks any sophisticated analysis This is not a history book, it is rather a dull summary of what the author found in archives. One of the best books I have ever read on this subject Goodreads rating 80