History of A Disappearance

History of A Disappearance

The Story of A Forgotten Polish Town

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"Lying at the crucible of Central Europe, the Silesian village of Kupferberg suffered the violence of the Thirty Years War, the Napoleonic Wars, the World War I. After Stalin's post-World War II redrawing of Poland's borders, Kupferberg became Miedzianka, a town settled by displaced people from all over Poland and a new center of the Eastern Bloc's uranium-mining industry. Decades of neglect and environmental degradation led to the town being declared uninhabitable, and the population was evacuated. Today, it exists only in ruins, with barely a hundred people living on the unstable ground above its collapsing mines. Springer catalogs the lost human elements: the long-departed tailor and deceased shopkeeper; the parties, now silenced, that used to fill the streets with shouts and laughter, and the once-beautiful cemetery, with gravestones upended by tractors and human bones scattered by dogs. In Miedzianka, Springer sees a microcosm of European history, and a powerful narrative of how the ghosts of the past continue to haunt us in the present."--Publisher information.
Publisher: Brooklyn, NY :, Restless Books,, [2017]
Edition: First Restless Books paperback edition
ISBN: 9781632061157
Branch Call Number: 943.852 SPR
Characteristics: 318 pages : map ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Bye, Sean Gasper - Translator
Alternative Title: Miedzianka. English

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