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Warsaw: The Cabaret Years is the first full portrait in English of Warsaw''s cultural life between the world wars. The Golden Era of Warsaw, from 1919 to 1939, witnessed one of the richest cultural and artistic scenes of Europe. Poland''s capital abounded with poets, novelists, filmmakers, artists, and architects. Literary magazines, opera, symphonic music, and theater flourished along with audacious cabarets - the Sphinx, Black Cat, Mirage, and the legendary Qui Pro Quo - that rivaled those of Berlin. Foreign journalists called Warsaw "the Paris of Eastern Europe."
Among the luminaries living and working in Warsaw at the time were writers Czeslaw Milosz and Isaac Bashevis Singer, pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski (once the prime minister), actress Ida Kaminska, and cabaret star Hanka Ordonowna. Artur Rubinstein performed with the Warsaw Symphony, and George Bernard Shaw premiered some of his plays in Warsaw.
Warsaw: The Cabaret Years paints a vivid picture of a city overflowing with champagne, extravagance, and raucous cabarets, a city that boasted over sixty cinemas but still had unpaved roads. This historical narrative explores a society moving ineluctably toward the disaster of World War II, yet leaving a trail of brilliant achievements.

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Journalist Nowicki found himself enchanted by a song sung on an old record by Hanka Ordonowna who, he discovered, was a leading cabaret star in Warsaw in the 1920s and 1930s. From such a revelation grew this popular account of cabaret and coffeehouse life between the wars in Warsaw. This book, like its subject, is entertaining and not terribly erudite, but it provides an overview of the people and events of the literary, musical, and artistic flowering that made Warsaw into a lively capital. It gives us fleeting glimpses into a vanished life. The author interviewed some of the last survivors of the Warsaw cabaret and weaves their stories into a narrative that is one of very few treatments of this subject in English. Although the serious student or researcher will need to go elsewhere for in-depth treatment, libraries with interested clientele will find this a useful addition.
- Barbara Walden, Univ. of Minnesota Libs., Minneapolis
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Clyde's daddy
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Grateful to have this snapshot of a lost city!
Reviewed in the United States on May 2, 2016
Excellent book. I read it cover to cover in a few sittings. Inter-war Warsaw must have been a very interesting place. (It still is, just in a different way.)Unfortunately, it is gone forever thanks to the German Army. Nowicki does a very good job of giving us a glimpse into... See more
Excellent book. I read it cover to cover in a few sittings. Inter-war Warsaw must have been a very interesting place. (It still is, just in a different way.)Unfortunately, it is gone forever thanks to the German Army. Nowicki does a very good job of giving us a glimpse into that bygone world. I especially like his detailed discussion of the cabaret scene and the stars of that era. He was able to interview a good number of people who were there during this period. There are very few English books, and none quite like this one that I am aware of, that cover interwar Warsaw. For me this is an important historical work.
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Incredible array of interesting detail
Reviewed in the United States on April 7, 2013
Incredible array of interesting detail, very useful for me in the Warsaw chapters of my novel-in-process. I got a copy from the library, then purchased a copy. Otherwise, I would be copying every page into my research notes. Excellent social detail to accompany the history.... See more
Incredible array of interesting detail, very useful for me in the Warsaw chapters of my novel-in-process. I got a copy from the library, then purchased a copy. Otherwise, I would be copying every page into my research notes. Excellent social detail to accompany the history. Almost 200 notes to add to my research.
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