A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True by Brigid Pasulka

By Brigid Pasulka

at the eve of worldwide warfare II, in a spot known as Half-Village, a tender guy nicknamed the Pigeon falls in love with a woman fabled for her angelic appears. To court docket Anielica Hetmanská he bargains up his "golden hands" to remodel her family's modest hut right into a attractive domestic, thereby development his method into her heart.

Then battle arrives to chop brief their courtship, hold up their marriage, and wreak havoc in all their lives, even sending the younger fans faraway from domestic to the promise of a brand new existence in Kraków.

approximately fifty years later, their granddaughter, Beata, repeats their postwar trip, looking a brand new lifestyles within the fairy-tale urban of her grandmother's tales. but if she arrives in Kraków, rather than the whispered prosperity of the recent Poland, she discovers a urban stuck among its destiny and its previous, and whole of pissed off youths. Taken in through her toughtalking cousin Irena and Irena's glamorous daughter Magda, Beata struggles to discover her personal position in Nineteen Nineties Kraków and within the constellation of Irena and Magda's fierce love. yet unforeseen events— tragedies and miracles— can swap lives and open eyes. And Beata may discover a new method of seeing her family's and her country's history— in addition to a imaginative and prescient for her personal function within the New Poland.

Whimsical, clever, appealing, magical, and occasionally even heartbreaking, a protracted, very long time in the past and primarily actual weaves jointly striking tales, reimagining part a century of Polish background during the legacy of 1 unforgettable love affair.

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I was going to tell you as soon as I got my car back. ” 34 The Dog of the South “You should have told me about this Mexico thing. We could have worked something out. ” I gave him what information I had and he wrote down “Hotel Mogador” on a paper napkin. He said I might as well ride along with him to San Miguel in the comfort of the big Chrysler. I halfway agreed. It seemed the only thing to do, ex­ cept maybe forget the whole business and go back to Little Rock like a whipped dog. There was no way I could beat him to San Miguel in the little Buick.

He complained about the dog smell on the seat and the dust that came up from the floor. He drank from a bottle of B and B liqueur. He said he had the chronic bronchitis of a singer and had used this liqueur for his throat ever since the government had barred the use of codeine in cough syrup. “Pure baloney,” he said. “I’ve seen every kind of addict there is and I’ve never known one person who was addicted to codeine. I’ve taken fifty gallons of the stuff myself. Wine will 62 The Dog of the South drive you crazy faster than anything I know and you can buy all the wine you want.

Odd things happen when you get out of town. At the top of the card there were two crossed American flags printed in color. Under that was the ever-popular “Kwitcherbellyachin” and at the bottom was “Mr. and Mrs. ” I couldn’t make anything out of this and I turned off the light. I could hear a Mexican shouting angrily at Meigs down the way. I still couldn’t sleep. I got up again and drank one of the beers from the ice chest. I looked at the card again. “Kwitcherbellyachin”! I thought, Well, all right, I will.

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