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Need Help Finding a Specific Polish Novel


Deckard 1 | 2
29 Jul 2010 #1
My wife, who is Polish, frequently mentions a book she used to read every Summer when she visited relatives. She remembers very little about the book, only that she loved it.

I would very much like to find this book for her, but I have had little success.

Here is what I know (or at least, what she thinks she can remember):
- the book was in Polish, but that does not mean it was originally a Polish novel
- she believes one of the main characters was named "Lenka" (or close to this)
- the plot had a romantic element, although it may not have been an actual romance novel
- it would have been published before the late-1980's

I know that is not much to go on, but if this jogs something in anyone's mind, I would really appreciate the help.

Some additional information:

- it might be set in the Ukraine back when it was part of Poland
- it might set in Lwow or Litwa

Thanks again for the help.
landora - | 197
30 Jul 2010 #2
Quick google gave me the result of "Lenka szuka ojca". I've never read it, but the author is apparently Russian. Can it be it?
wildrover 98 | 4,436
30 Jul 2010 #3
If it turns out to be a Russian book my girlfriend in Moscow can maybe help seek a copy out....

She is a teacher of Russian language and culture , so might even know of the book...I will ask her...
OP Deckard 1 | 2
30 Jul 2010 #4
Quick google gave me the result of "Lenka szuka ojca". I've never read it, but the author is apparently Russian. Can it be it?

I will have to track down a summary or synopsis of the story to see if this is it.
wildrover 98 | 4,436
30 Jul 2010 #5
The writer is Eugeniusz ryss... the book was published in Warszawa in 1948...
OP Deckard 1 | 2
4 Aug 2010 #6
No such luck.
"Lenka szuka ojca" is not the novel I'm looking for.

Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

I am still looking for help in tracking down this book.
Here is a recap of what I know (or at least, what I think I know):

- the book was in Polish, but that does not mean it was originally a Polish novel
- one of the main characters was named "Lenka" (or close to this)
- the plot had a romantic element, although it may not have been an actual romance novel
- it would have been published before the late-1980's
- it might be set in the Ukraine back when it was part of Poland
- it might set in Lwow or Litwa
noreenb 7 | 554
28 Sep 2010 #7
"Noble nest" ("Szlacheckie gniazdo") by Iwan Turgieniew perhaps ?
paczemoj 1 | 3
28 Sep 2010 #9
Irena Zarzycka, Okruch zaklętego zwierciadła?

One of the main characters is Lenka Górska and there's a romantic element.

Or, a little newer (first published in the late 70s), a family saga by Krystyna Boglar, Żeby konfitury nie latały za muchą. It also has a character named Lenka. I think it takes place in Warsaw, though.


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