A collection of short stories divided into two parts: ‘Neighbours’ and ‘Tourists’. The first is inspired by author’s home village in Poland; the second by her travels.
A fine collection of short stories
Reviewed by Piaras on January 21, 2020 for Emerald Book Reviews
Neighbours & Tourists is a fine collection of short stories by Polish born author Ewa Mazierska. Its’ a wonderfully written and richly descriptive book with brilliantly drawn characters. The author paints a series of engaging, reminiscent and reflective moments in a very vivid and convincing way. Also, the characters are drawn with great credibility and integrity.
I enjoyed the stories, character development, and dialogue. There were plenty of subtle plot twists that I didn’t see coming and that added to the book’s mystique. When I stopped reading to work, I found myself wondering what happened in the book, and replaying parts of a particular story in my head to see if I could figure more out. It has been a while since I enjoyed a book this much. It’s a well written short story collection with perfect pacing.
The contrast between tone and content is a characteristic talent of only a few authors. Mazierska pays as much attention to her sentences as she does to her plots, shifting or consolidating meaning with the use of a single word. Her writing is impeccably honed, full of juxtapositions and qualifications that help to create an almost poetic atmosphere.
I’ll be looking forward to what this author has to offer in the future. Recommended reading and a well-deserved five stars from me.
Ewa Mazierska is professor in film studies at the University of Central Lancashire and principal editor of a journal Studies in Eastern European Cinema. She has published over twenty monographs and edited collections, including From Self-Fulfillment to Survival of the Fittest: Work in European Cinema from the 1960s to the Present, Postcolonial Approaches to Eastern European Cinema: Representing Neighbours on Screen (with Eva Näripea and Lars Kristensen), and Work in Cinema: Labor and Human Condition. Mazierska’s work has been translated into almost twenty languages, including French, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Portugese, Estonian, and Serbian.