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Necessary Lies

Necessary Lies [Kindle Edition]

Eva Stachniak
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Winner of the 2000 in Canada First Novel Prize

Necessary Lies tells the story of the discovery of secrets and lies that stitch together empires and individual lives.

What are the lies we tell ourselves and others that get us through our lives? In the summer of 1981 Anna is suddenly offered the opportunity to study English at McGill University in Montreal. She jumps at the chance, leaving behind her job, her husband, and her country – Poland. She meets William, a music professor, and falls in love. Back home, martial law is declared. After almost ten years of marriage, William dies suddenly of a heart attack, and Anna is left to pick up the pieces. In the midst of grieving, she discovers more pieces than expected: for the length of their lives together, William carried on a long-distance affair with a woman journalist in Germany.

In search of truth, Anna returns to a dramatically changed Europe, where Communism has fallen, the Berlin Wall has been torn down, and where, once again, history will have to be rewritten. Probing the depths of betrayal and forgiveness, she confronts her own past and the motives that drove her away from Poland; she sees herself through the eyes of her mother, her ex-husband, and most importantly, William's German lover, Ursula.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 472 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn (26 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004322GHQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #305,154 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a necessary read! 7 Oct 2003
By Dagmara
The book by Eva Stachniak is really a necessary read for those who are interested in identities and the ways they are created. Here Stachniak asks and partially answers questions about the perception of our identities. Anna, a Pole who emigrates to Canada, from the Canadian multicultural perpective and from the perspective of her own life, the two marriages,and change of places and attitudes, revisits Poland and rediscovers Wroclaw/Breslau. This city of her childhood and youth, formally treated as a "town without history" becomes a city with a powerful heritage. Stachniak touches upon a very important problem, not only for Poles, that is the idea of borderlands and their people and intervenes it with a love story which turns out to have been accompanied by lies. The title lies become an axis for the discussion of love, but also a political situation in Communist Poland as well as lies of the war time and they all come out because of Canadian idea of multiculturalism that serves as a catalyst.
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5.0 out of 5 stars History, love, and exile 27 Mar 2001
By tamara trojanowska - Published on
This fascinating novel traces the ambiguities of truths and lies in personal histories of its characters, in the history of Central Europe, in exilic experience, and in the topographies of two cities: Wroclaw (Breslau) and Montreal. It takes its readers on a journey to Poland and Germany, and to their painful wartime past, to the time of unprecedented changes in recent European history, initiated in 1980 with the "Solidarity" movement and completed in 1989 with the fall of Communism. But it is also a book on exile, and on the trauma that even a very successful exile can bring. The particular strength of this book lies in its ability to bring to life not only the story, but also the scents, textures, colors, and other details of the world in which the characters live and try to make some sense of their lives. The search for personal truth becomes an inquiry into the ambiguities of other, more important and more complex truths.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A page turner 26 Jan 2001
By Simon - Published on
Once I started reading it was hard to put down. An amazing story mixing Polish History and experiences of Immigration to Canada. A fascinating set of characters make this one of the most enjoyable books I have read recently.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Necessary Lies 26 Jan 2001
By Jola Duniewicz - Published on
Interesting backgrounds, common point, the city of Breslau, seen from the perspective of different generations and historical conditions. Exciting story of love, betrayal, and rejection. Returns to the past, looking for why? and... finally reconciliations with both the past and the rejection. When you start reading you can't put the book away until you finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Necessary Read 26 Jan 2001
By Michael Soltys - Published on
I really enjoyed reading "Necessary Lies" by Eva Stachniak. The story is gripping and the characters are interesting. I especially enjoyed the interplay of different countries and times in the book, and the mysteries--behind the lives of the protagonists--that surface as the story develops. The book is a page-turner that I recommend to everyone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Drama, History, Suspense 24 Jan 2001
By Dianne Flynn - Published on
Necessary Lies Reviewer name: Dianne Flynn E-mail: Display e-mail: Yes Rating: 5 Location: Toronto, Ontario Reviewer Title: Suspense, history, drama Review: I was unable to put this book down. Not only did I learn about the history of Poland, esp. during WWII, but I was engaged in a love story, which was full of drama and suspense. A beautiful piece of literature, set in Montreal and displaying a tremendous amout of knowledge of the history of Poland, Germany & Russ
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