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Book reading & signing with author John Guzlowski at Frugal Muse Books May 10

May 09, 2016 10:02AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

John Guzlowski, author of Echoes of Tattered Tongues, will be at Frugal Muse Books, Music & Video in Darien for a book reading and signing on Tues., May 10. This is a free to the public event with a reception to follow. 

Through a haunting and raw collage of poetry and prose Guzlowski illuminates what it’s like being a war refugee in his new memoir Echoes, published by Aquila Polonica.

Guzlowski’s parents had been slave laborers in German concentration camps during the war. They weren't Jewish, but young Christians, torn from their homes in Poland by the Germans and sent by cattle car to work in the camps. 

Echoes of Tattered Tongues captures the horrors and hardships that Guzlowski’s family endured during the war, and the ways in which the trauma echoes down through time as the refugees struggle to build a new life in a foreign land where they are branded as displaced persons and despised immigrants. The book travels backward in time, beginning with his parents’ retirement in 1990 in Sun City, Arizona and ending with the war.

Part of the power of Echoes of Tattered Tongues derives from its innovative use of poetry and prose to tell the story of war refugee immigrants in America. Unlike a poetry collection, this book is a memoir and is meant to be read from beginning to end, not merely dipped into.

Guzlowski, Professor Emeritus of English Literature at Eastern Illinois University, has amassed a significant body of work in a wide range of genres over a 40-year writing career.