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Behind the Curtain

Behind the Curtain is a graphic novel by Andrzej Klimowski and Danusia Schejbal.

An autobiographical account of Andrzej Klimowski’s life in communist Poland in the 1970s and early ‘80s, Andrzej Klimowski and Danusia Schejbal describe the rich and highly improvised cultural life of two young artists starting out on their professional careers against the background of political unrest, where the economic inconsistencies and absurdities initiated street protests that gave birth to free trade unions (Solidarnosc). The book ends on the imposition of martial law.

For a whole new generation communism is just an anachronism. The book aims at depicting everyday reality under a system that was more surreal than Utopian. The narrative occasionally slips back in time to the Second World War and the Warsaw uprising in which the authors' parents played an active part.