Lala (Paperback)

By Jacek Dehnel, Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Translator)

ONEWorld Publications, 9781786074980, 400pp.

Publication Date: June 11, 2019

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Hardcover (7/10/2018)

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Lala has lived a dazzling life, filled with love, betrayals, acts of courage and some of the most extraordinary events of the twentieth century. There is nothing she likes better than to tell stories of her fascinating past - of her grandfather, the legendary owner of the first car in Ukraine; of her aristocratic mother; and not least of herself. Her most avid listener is her grandson, Jacek, to whom she is extremely close. As she grows older and becomes increasingly confused, her tales become more repetitive and Jacek often finds himself filling in the gaps.
Based on the life of the author's grandmother, intertwining detailed historical research with enthralling family accounts, Lala's story stretches from Kiev in 1875 to modern-day Poland, spanning the First and Second World Wars, the German occupation, the revolution and the republic. This moving family saga paints a fascinating picture of life in twentieth-century Europe and is a celebration of a beautiful relationship between grandmother and grandson.

About the Author

Jacek Dehnel (born 1980 in Gdansk) is well established as a poet, and has won several awards. As well as translating many great poets from English into Polish, he has published four volumes of his own poetry, which has also appeared in several leading Polish periodicals and been translated into several European languages. He is also a painter, and presents an arts programme on mainstream Polish television. Lala is his first novel. He lives in Warsaw. Antonia Lloyd-Jones is an award-winning translator of Polish literature, ranging from literary fiction to non-fiction, children's literature, reportage and essays. She regularly mentors other translators, chairs literary events and has been a co-chair of the UK Translators Association. Antonia lives in London.