A psychological portrait of considerable animation and acumen as incidents and interludes, through the years, unfold the temperamental tyranny of Rose. Rose, regretting her exile from Poland in 1863, her lost career as a violinist, and her lost love, Michael, alternates between the torment of others and pity for herself. Histrionic, hostile, she directs her animosity particularly towards Adam, her husband, whom she blames unjustifiably for the death of an older son. She tries to prevent her second son's marriage, succeeds once, but ultimately fails, and then interferes with her daughter-in-law and her grandchildren. She alienates from Adam the daughter for whom she has no real feeling, and pushes her into a career and a marriage she does not want. Demanding and stimulating an aura of mystery and unrest, this dominant, disturbing woman feeds on power. Ably executed -- but not pleasant reading, though the market for Strange Woman and its ilk may find this Polish character challenging. Storm Jameson introduction. The novel won the Warsaw Literary Prize of 1937.