The intention of all this

16 Jul

The aim is to tell the story of a TEFL teacher in Poland who has settled there and his attempts to write a novel, short stories and poems.

There are myths and stereotypes of Poland that have largely disappeared since the country opened up after the fall of the Berlin Wall. It has come a long way since grey queues formed  round the block for a pineapple, not to mention martial law and rationing, and the sweat that clung to coats in church congregations was more due to the fear of the secret police than the heat. It always was the least Communist country of all the Eastern bloc countries – collectivisation of agriculture never really took hold, many Polish people had private plots of land where they grew vegetables, and the powerful Catholic church was part of the opposition.  In fact, it could be said that the church perhaps provided a dash of theatrical colour against which the May Day Parades with red bandanas, the pretty girls in which Poland abounds, and military music held far less sway. But for my first introduction to the new Poland I will put in my take on something that many people might find trivial, but I think nevertheless illustrates an aspect of the Poland of the 1990’s when all the changes gathered steam. Disco Polo.

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