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Marzi: A memoir de Marzena Sowa
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Marzi: A memoir (2011 original; edició 2011)

de Marzena Sowa, Sylvain Savoia (Il·lustrador)

Sèrie: Marzi

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Marzena Sowa's memoir of a childhood shaped by politics as told from a young girl's perspective. Structured as a series of vignettes that build on one another, MARZI is a coming-of-age story that portrays the harsh realities of life behind the Iron Curtain while maintaining the everyday wonders and curiosity of childhood.… (més)
Membre:CadmiumRed
Títol:Marzi: A memoir
Autors:Marzena Sowa
Altres autors:Sylvain Savoia (Il·lustrador)
Informació:Vertigo (2011), Paperback, 240 pages
Col·leccions:Non Fiction
Valoració:*****
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Marzi de Marzena Sowa (2011)

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An autobiographical narrative about a young girl growing up in the last decade of Communist Poland - very vivid on the intersection of politics, religion, family, friends and school, and perhaps an honest preservation of a world that has now disappeared, changed mainly (but not entirely) for the better. ( )
  nwhyte | Sep 4, 2017 |
In my quest to explore graphic novels, I came across this beauty. I loved the cover, a bitter child clutching her stuffed rabbit in full color while a group of soldiers cluster in the gray behind. I expected a book full of such contradiction, a book that would tug at my heart. Despite the implications of the cover, Marzi isn't that kind of book. It's tiny slivers in the life of one little girl who just happens to live in Poland during the fall of Soviet communism.

This is my first experience with a graphic novel illustrated by someone other than the author and I didn't like that. The illustrations and text felt disconnected at times. The pacing was off. Given the serial nature of the book, each vignette needed to occupy a full page or set of full pages and, as such, some were rushed while others lingered. I liked Marzi. Her perspective was astute and in line with how children thin. Some of her stories were very interesting, but this “novel” felt so much like a comic strip that I was overwhelmed by the presentation.

This is the kind of graphic novel that is probably best read in short segments. Although the illustrations are attractive and the stories interesting and multifaceted, its slice-of-life presentation bears more in common with a newspaper comic than with what I have come to recognize as a graphic novel. ( )
  chrisblocker | Jan 5, 2017 |
I am not sure why people compare this book to Persepolis. They are two very different books, and even the premise is really not similar. Marzi is about a child, and even at the end she is barely starting to be a young teenager. Persepolis is about a young girl who grows up, lives as a teenager, and leaves and comes back after living abroad as a young adult to Iran. Perhaps it is the childhood spent under oppressive regime thing that got people to compare these two books, or that they are both memoirs, or that someone somewhere marketed Marzi as such. But no, they are very different. Marzena Sowa makes a conscious effort to see things and show things from the point of view of little Marzi, who plays pranks in the apartment building she lives in, makes gum from window sealant, hates being forced to eat by her mother, covets her rich friend's American toys, wants to have a telephone even though there is nobody to call... Marzi has some very universal kid experiences and worries. Sure she lives in Poland behind the iron curtain, and everything in her life is affected by this, but the book is about being a child, being an only child, making friends, and slowly growing up.

If I were to compare this book with something, I would compare it with Mafalda. Though different in format (Mafalda is a short, usually 3 panel newspaper comic strip), the lives of children, the way they see adult life are interestingly similar. Of course, Mafalda is a running commentary on politics, while Marzi is much more innocent and naive, like a "normal" kid.

The illustrations are excellent and enhanced by the coloring scheme that uses strong pastels over grays. Some panels are too word-heavy and could have been split in two to thin out the words. The action in each panel not just depicted what the text was describing, but enhanced it by adding to it, or showing something that happened as a result of what was being described, which gives the pictorial story a dynamic feel.

The stories are well balanced and diverse. Some deal with living under the Soviet rule, some about being kids and getting in trouble, some with visits to the country side, some with extended family, some with friends and school.

Recommended for those who like memoirs and chewing gum. ( )
  bluepigeon | Dec 15, 2013 |
The death throes of Communism in Poland, as told from the point of view of a little girl. Marzi writes a great deal about childhood things, like playing with her friends who live in her apartment building, and her pet guinea pig, but she's also an astute observer of the crumbling world around her. She often joins one parent or the other to wait in line to buy something -- anything, it doesn't matter -- and sometimes she waits by herself. But like as not, by the time they get to the front, the whatever-it-was is all gone.

Eventually, Marzi's father joins the many people actively resisting Communism. She doesn't know that much about it; all the adults will tell her nothing, and she just wants her dad to come home. But you can read between the lines.

This is an excellent graphic novel/memoir which adults would also like. I'd like to read more of Marzi's story and how she wound up in France. ( )
  meggyweg | Jul 21, 2013 |
Let me just say how much I loved little Marzi. Her character is sweet, charming, and vulnerable, with a healthy dose of insecurity brought on by the culture of her environment and a mother who seemed to feel she had to bring Marzi up with an iron first. Marzi was just a normal little girl, watching as her parents stood in line for simple food staples, went to school with friends who had goods her family seemingly couldn't afford, and spent time with her country relatives, learning to store up food for leaner times. Marzi's life is what is not normal. Although she is a little girl who wants to play, to learn new things, and to have her own puppy, the world she lives in is much too oppressive for a little girl to really understand. Through her eyes, we really get to see how scary and challenging it was for the people of Poland to negotiate these last days under communist rule.

Overall, I really did enjoy this graphic novel. The version I had was a little over 200 pages long, and with the vignettes, it made it hard to stick with the novel in one sitting. I found myself coming back to it, to read a few stories at a time. One part of the story that I found especially interesting was the section after the accident in Chernobyl. Although it was far away, the affect of the radioactive cloud that traveled to Marzi's town in Poland was huge! The fears they had over the rain, the food, and even their animals sent a country already suffering for food and work into a greater tailspin. I don't know that I'd ever considered the dramatic affect this event had on other nations, but we really do get a good first-hand account from little Marzi.

On the whole, this was a good graphic novel that I could see being used to help explain more about Poland's modern history and about communism. Honestly, it has made me want to learn more about the author today and her thoughts on these events as an adult. Not a short read, but a good one! ( )
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Marzena Sowa's memoir of a childhood shaped by politics as told from a young girl's perspective. Structured as a series of vignettes that build on one another, MARZI is a coming-of-age story that portrays the harsh realities of life behind the Iron Curtain while maintaining the everyday wonders and curiosity of childhood.

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