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"Wszystko w życiu splata się ze sobą w zagadkowy sposób" - chyba nikt nie doświadczył tego bardziej od Izoldy Regensberg, warszawskiej Żydówki, która postanowiła ocalić swego męża, wywiezionego do obozu w Mauthausen. Jej pierwszym wielkim szczęściem miał się okazać fakt, że urodziła się bez wyrazistych semickich rysów. Wystarczyło "nowe imię i nowy kolor włosów, nowy głos, ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published January 2006 by Świat Książki
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A short novel about the experience of a Polish Jewish woman during the Second World War, based on a true story. What makes this different from much "Holocaust literature" is how much of an adventure it turns into; it often reads like the trials and tribulations of a Resistance heroine, except that Izolda's cause is not her entire country, simply her friends and relatives, in particular her new husband - first to get them out of the Warsaw ghetto, and then trying to get him out of a concentration ...more
May 03, 2016 Alan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alan by: Sibyl
Shelves: novels
Elegant, involving, heartrending. Krall tells a true story of a woman from the Warsaw ghetto whose husband gets sent to Auschwitz, and her efforts to communicate with/rescue him. She changes her name, hair colour, and religion in order to escape the ghetto (via the sewers at one point), but finds that there is so much that gives her away: a Jewish way of holding and putting down a handbag; pretending to be Catholic she is asked to repeat the 'Hail Mary..' but says it too slowly - real Catholics ...more
Friederike Knabe
Dec 28, 2014 Friederike Knabe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A fast-paced story of dramatic survival through smarts, cleverness, courage and luck on the one hand and the pain and suffering and many losses on the other. Review to follow.
Dec 23, 2014 Kimbofo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hanna Krall’s Chasing the King of Hearts is not your usual Peirene fare in the sense that it’s a little too long to be classed as a novella (it certainly took me far longer than two hours to read it), but I’m not sure that really matters. The book is a tribute to one woman’s amazing ability to survive everything that World War Two throws at her, including the execution of various family members, life in the Warsaw Ghetto, several stints in jail, torture by a cruel Gestapo officer (was there any ...more
Feb 11, 2016 Lizzi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an incredible little book. It is based on a true story, and I would love to know more about the real events. There are also a few photographs dotted throughout that relate to the story, so I would love to know more about them too (there aren't any captions or anything). The writing is very matter of fact and so sometimes it's easy to gloss over something without realising, and then you go back and read it again and realise what it really says. The style makes it sometimes seem a bit drea ...more
Dec 15, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely read - yes, just when you think you cannot possibly want to read yet another Holocaust novel, this novella comes along. Glad I read it.
Marina Sofia
Nov 12, 2013 Marina Sofia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very moving, despite its quite matter-of-fact, understated style (or perhaps precisely because of it).
Nov 07, 2013 Moira rated it liked it
Inside the Warsaw ghetto, Izolda is in love with Jurec, but by chance meets Shayyek who is to become the love of her life. Her mission is to survive but above all to survive in order to save Shayek, the King of Hearts. Her mission is constantly being obstructed by chance and circumstance, of being in the right place or the wrong place and no amount of disguise (changing her name, dying her hair, assuming a Polish identity) will save her from Auschwitz. But she does survive. The chance encounters ...more
Apr 16, 2015 Jindra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful book. This is a terrible book. Terrible, because in a simple, matter-of-fact language it adds horryfing dimensions to what you know or think you know of the holocaust. All of a sudden your theoretical knowledge becomes very real as you understand the terror of seeing (e.g.) a loved one go to her death and hoping she doesn't see you, since the slightest sign of recognition would mean your death as well.
It's the matter-of-factness which makes the story so shattering.
Feb 02, 2016 Monica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ha sido una lectura interesante aunque no tan buena como lo esperaba, la narración a veces muy telegráfica se me hizo algo pesada pero aun así seguir a Izolda y sus múltiples problemas para sobrevivir ha sido toda una aventura, es una mujer camaleonica con un único objetivo: encontrar a su esposo cueste lo que cueste.
Anne Haapanen
Jul 17, 2014 Anne Haapanen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An astonishing story written in a beautiful, clear and straightforward style. Good, compact, arresting. A huge tale in a small book.
Angela Young
Apr 21, 2014 Angela Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a hard book to read because of what it tells. In its spare stark prose it tells of terrible terrible things. In short sentences, short sections ... indeed it is a short book ... it holds whole worlds, whole awful worlds, within its 168 pages. But it should be read just as Schindler's Ark should be read, just as any holocaust literature should be read.

Here, for instance, is one, no four, whole words in one short sentence:
She should have told her husband to take them one at a time: first
Rachel Beaver
Apr 10, 2014 Rachel Beaver rated it it was ok
Shelves: foreign
I don't know if I just don't like translations, or if I'm reading the wrong ones. I thought this was very unemotional considering the subject. I struggled to finish.
Sep 21, 2014 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A holocaust story, with a difference

Hanna Krall writes a story about a woman who has a single focus during the holocaust--to save her husband. She takes many risks to achieve this goal, and incredibly, she survives! And so does he! This not being a fairytale, they don't live happily ever after. A deeply moving story about the holocaust, it's aftermath, and the role that chance played in who survived, who didn't, and what the psychological effects of trying to survive and having survived were.
Georgie O'Dwyer
Feb 08, 2014 Georgie O'Dwyer rated it really liked it
Reading the English version - chasing the king of hearts...
May 04, 2014 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peirene books are described as "two hour books to be devoured in a single sitting". This book was one woman's story of the Holocaust, and how she survived. Beautifully written, with sharp dialogue and very engaging.
Mar 22, 2012 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Urodziła się w Warszawie w rodzinie żydowskiej. Podczas II wojny światowej zginęło wielu członków jej najbliższej rodziny. Wojnę przeżyła tylko dlatego, że była ukrywana przed Niemcami. Cudem została ocalona w czasie transportu do getta. Holocaust i losy Żydów polskich z czasem stały się głównym tematem jej twórczości.

Od 1955 r. pracowała w redakcji "Życia Warszawy", od 1966 r. w "Polityce", które
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