Retreat

A Love Story

John Guzlowski

Magda was a pretty young war widow on her lunch break. Hans was a soldier on furlough, a Bavarian farm boy Magda found wandering lost in Berlin. After two weeks together, she sent him on his way—back to the nightmare of the Eastern Front.
Date Published :
March 2021
Publisher :
Kasva Press
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781948403238

Dimensions : 8.5 X 5.5 inches
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Overview
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Magda was a pretty young war widow on her lunch break. Hans was a soldier on furlough, a Bavarian farm boy Magda found wandering lost in Berlin. After two weeks together, she sent him on his way—back to the nightmare of the Eastern Front.

Nine months later, Magda is trying to survive as her city is bombed to rubble, while Hans is somewhere in the Ukraine, slogging through snow and mud to find his way back to her, struggling to maintain his humanity despite the horrors he has survived and the brutality he has witnessed—and perpetrated.

Retreat is a story of the terrible costs of war, of love amid crushing defeat, of complicity—and redemption.

About The Author
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Born in a refugee camp in Germany after World War II, John Guzlowski came to America with his family as a Displaced Person in 1951. His parents had been Polish slave laborers in Nazi Germany during the war. Growing up in “Murdertown” — the tough immigrant neighborhoods around Humboldt Park in Chicago — he met hardware-store clerks with Auschwitz tattoos on their wrists, Polish cavalry officers who still mourned their dead horses, and women who had walked from Siberia to Iran to escape the Russians. In much of his work, Guzlowski remembers and honors the experiences and ultimate strength of these voiceless survivors.

An acclaimed poet, Guzlowski is also a respected teacher, literary critic, and author of both fiction and nonfiction. His recent poetry collection Echoes of Tattered Tongues won the 2017 Montaigne Medal of the Eric Hoffer Awards as one of the most thought-provoking books of the year.

Guzlowski received his BA in English Literature from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and his MA and PhD in English from Purdue University. He is a Professor Emeritus of English Literature at Eastern Illinois University, and currently lives in Lynchburg, Virginia.

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