Eva Stachniak's Necessary Lies is an earnest debut novel that explores the secrets, falsifications, and betrayals that build empires while rupturing the lives of individuals. Set during one of the 20th century's most tumultuous decades, it tells the story of Anna, a lecturer in English from the University of Wroclaw, who arrives in Montreal in the fall of 1981. When martia...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Dundurn
(first published January 1st 2000)
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Polish Canadian Writers
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Necessary Lies by Eva Stachniak is one of the excellent novels I've ever read. I can't put it down when I read it. The story of Anna is eye catching. This well-educated woman left her family in Wroclaw and came to Montreal for advanced studies. The author developed the character with interesting details. Some dramatic events happened in Anna's life while the fall of Berlin Wall changed history. Lies or truth were woven in real life. Searching for truth led Anna to an exploration. From this novel...more
Eva Stachniak's Necessary Lies is woven around the lies we tell ourselves and others, the lies people tell in order to survive a war or an occupation, the lies people tell to maintain a relationship, or protect a loved one. However, perhaps the most revealing lies are the lies we use to define ourselves. Set in Poland before the fall of the Berlin wall, Necessary Lies follows the life of Anna from her first love, and her involvement in the Polish Solidarity Movement. Not long after they are marr...more