07
Feb
16

Of neon and radio, a Polish weekend

Did you notice it? Yes…it feels a bit of a Polish weekend!

I am reading another novel by Alan Furst, after “The spies of Warsaw”, enter “The Polish officer”. Really good. A slow start, but it tunes in to the main character tonality, this officer is not a flamboyant type.

Twists and bends come very unannounced, and it is the first time ever that in an historical fiction and espionage novel two professions such as commodity analysts and chemist make a cameo appearance which is splendidly written.

Now, years after having read the first Furst novel, not only we’ve been to Warsaw, and can better picture the movements of those characters in “The spies of Warsaw”, but our attraction to Poland brought us to a few other cities…and in “The Polish officer” I can imagine very well a student apartment in Torun, the neighborhoods of Gdansk, and the roads to Gdynia and Grudziadz.

“The Polish officer” had definitely a technological angle to it…the ingenuity of the Polish resistance, the technical angle of the combats of the occupying German armies and the local sabotateurs, chemistry, electricity and radio technology play a big role in this novel.

And…MeinMann did you know that Alan Furst is from York?

More Poland, of course, and by chance, with the File Urbani theme of the weekend (see previous post). File Urbani is always a trove for new inspirations and so I discovered the Neon Museum in the Praga district, Warsaw. Look at the beautiful video above…I am already a neon junkie, having visited the Buchstaben Museum in Berlin when it was still located in its DDR-department store location. One more reason for inventing another trip to Warsaw.


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