Written by Jagoda Urban-Klaehn Wednesday, 11 April 2001 17:00
Push Not the River
James Conroyd Martin
Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press
The Polish translation of Push Not the River, a novel based on the diary of a Polish countess who lived through the Third of May Constitution years (1790s) has been published by the largest book club in Poland, debuting there at # 5. Seventeen-year-old Anna Maria Berezowska started her diary at the age of seventeen, when both her personal life and the political situation in Poland began to unravel. Author James Conroyd Martin began work with the diary in 1976, balancing and integrating Anna's very personal odyssey with the rise and fall of the ill-fated Constitution. Critics have cited the story as having the sweep of stories like Gone with the Wind and Doctor Zhivago. "But Anna's story is true," Martin is quick to point out.