Between Black Death and Red Plague

By Maria Szubert

Biography & memoir | Paperback, eBook


This short book, edited and translated by Anna Nolan, captures her mother’s reminiscences of the Second World War and life under communism in Poland. It offers a revealing snapshot of the terror and some of the hardships which Maria Szubert endured during the war and the privations she suffered under communism, which held Poland in its grip until 1989. The book undoubtedly reflects the author’s deep humanity and her compassion towards the Nazi invaders when fortune turned them from masters into slaves. Equally poignant is her forbearance in the face of Poland’s subsequent subjugation by the communist Soviet Union.



While I’m not the author of this book, which has been written by my late Mother, I’m its editor and translator. I am a linguist/ grammarian, educationalist, writer and editor with a penchant for irreverent satire. My two burning passions are English grammar and mountains, both of which I indulge with utter abandon. After working as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language and broadcaster at the BBC, I spent many years running public examinations, developing national qualifications, carrying out linguistic research, copy-editing and penning articles and books on English grammar, punctuation and usage. I also produce a blog, Flaming English, in which I write on the subject, alternating between jocularity and sobriety. My website/ blog can be found at: http://flaming-english.com/.


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While I’m not the author of this book, which has been written by my late Mother, I’m its editor and translator. I am a linguist/ grammarian, educationalist, writer and editor with a penchant for irreverent satire. My two burning passions are English grammar and mountains, both of which I indulge with utter abandon. After working as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language and broadcaster at th...


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