A Country in the Moon
Travels in Search of the Heart of Poland
Poland was once the largest country in Europe – and one of
the most powerful. The opulence of the Orient lived alongside the
melancholy of the Romantic north, creating a nation of passionate
extremes and paradoxical psychology, one which valued honour and
freedom above all. But, devastated by waves of brutal invaders –
Tatars, Swedes, Germans and Russians – Poland was virtually
eclipsed in the eighteenth century, an all but forgotten magnificence.
A Country in the Moon is the result of Michael Moran’s
fascination with this remarkable land over nearly two
decades. Honouring a deathbed pledge to his uncle– an eccentric concert pianist obsessed with the music of
Chopin – he gives an insider’s view of a country that, after
the fall of the Berlin Wall, embarked on wrenching change
and the present confrontation of ghosts from the wartime
and communist past.
In this entertaining personal memoir and meticulously researched
cultural journey we keep company with a gallery of fantastic characters
– Tatars and Teutonic Knights, Napoleon’s mistress and
daredevil Spitfire pilots, robbers and Rolls-Royce mechanics, heroic
defenders of freedom alongside an ill-assorted group of modern Britons
and Poles. In chronicling the resurrection of the nation from war
and the Holocaust, Moran paints a portrait of cities lost and cities
gained, monumental castles, primeval forests and picturesque landscape
gardens – among the finest yet leastknown in Europe.
This captivating journey into the heart of Poland is a timely
celebration of a valiant and richly cultured people only now
returning to the European fold.
Publication Date April 7th. 2008