Home Is Nearby
When martial law is declared in Poland in 1981, a close-knit group of art students are forced to make a series of choices that will change their lives. A gripping story about politics, love and betrayal, and the search to find your place in the world – no matter where you are.
1980: the beginning of the Polish Crisis. Country-girl Ania leaves her small village for the city of Wroclaw to pursue her career as a sculptor. She falls in love with Dominik, an enigmatic writer at the centre of a group of bohemians and avant-garde artists who throw wild parties in the university city.
Their lives change overnight when martial law is declared in Poland. Military tanks appear on the streets and curfews are introduced. Artists are driven underground. Ania and Dominik fight back against the authoritarian communist government. But at what cost?
Part of my impetus in writing this novel is to explore this lost Poland – a country I could’ve grown up in, but didn’t. In particular, I wanted to explore what life could have been like for a young woman living under communism and making art.
Nineteen-eighties Poland provides a dramatic and underexplored setting to examine the types of questions I’m interested in.
What is it like to live through a turbulent period in history, when your civil liberties are taken away?
How is it that artists can make such exciting work when, officially, they are stripped of artistic freedom?
And what happens when love and politics collide?
‘Home Is Nearby’ is published by Impress Books.