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An escape to the country that became a struggle for Poland's soul

A review of John Borrell’s ‘The White Lake’. An escape to the country for Borrell turned out to be a struggle for the soul of Poland

12 April 2014

9:00 AM

12 April 2014

9:00 AM

The White Lake John Borrell

Charles Glass Books, pp.248, £15, ISBN: 9780704373327

In 1993, John Borrell, a longtime foreign correspondent with no permanent home, decided to abandon journalism. Tired of writing about wars and violence — he had been in Beirut, Rwanda and Nicaragua — he determined to throw himself into European rural life. But instead of a year in Provence, he chose 20 years in Kaszubia, northeast Poland.

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