Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence

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Julian is a middle-aged gay poet whose mom, an artist, has just died. While grieving her death, he sorts through his mom's paintings, revisiting a bittersweet past: his parents' marriage overshadowed by memories of war, & his own romantic affair with Roman, his lover. Set in postwar communist Poland, Julian's recollections of his relationship unfold in many ways like the immortal tale of Romeo & Juliet. Just like Shakespeare's young lovers, the 2 young men, always meeting in secret, hear the nightingales @ night & the larks @ dawn. Unlike the storied lovers from high class Verona, however, Julian and Roman's love unravels in bleak surroundings: a public park, a grim little apartment, & a primeval forest. As Julian journeys through the past, he challenges the tyrannical postwar censorship that surrounded & strangled both art & gay relationships. His tale is a testimony to the strength of the human spirit to survive-& even thrive-in an oppressive political regime
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  • Electronic book text
  • Morrisville, NC, United States
  • 0557509688
  • 9780557509683