A Warsaw notebook

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Truly exceptional varsavianum – a literary notebook containing excerpts from poems, novels, and essays by many renowned authors and beautiful photographs depicting old-time and contemporary Warsaw.
Literary notebook containing ‘Warsaw-oriented’ excerpts from poems, novels, and essays by various authors (such famous writers as, e.g., Isaac Bashevis Singer, Witold Gombrowicz, Czesław Miłosz, Marek Edelman, Julia Hartwig, Zbigniew Herbert, Janusz Głowacki, Andrzej Stasiuk), accompanied by rare and beautiful photographs depicting pre- and post-war Warsaw, as well as the contemporary face of the Polish capital city.
Published in cooperation with Fundacja Zeszyty Literackie and Dom Spotkań z Historią, Warsaw.

Polish writers rarely dwell on cities. Roman archaeologists, on the other hand, turn to their poets of yore to help them identify and recreate the ruins they have dug up. But Warsaw would be more
difficult to reconstruct after reading its writers’ poetry and prose. Even Prus and Żeromski apparently mention it only in passing, using it solely to provide settings for their novels’ plots […]. I have known Warsaw at different times and I, too, remember best its distinctive aura, which resembles no other city’s, the din of its many quarters, its people’s bearing: in a word, that which is most ephemeral, of which even less survives than of its old walls. Whenever I come upon wood cobbles, cobblestones or concrete pavement squares in another city, the distant jumbled sounds of Warsaw’s streets appear to come floating back into my ears.

Jerzy Stempowski

Weight 0.6 kg
Selection of texts

Marek Zagańczyk

Number of pages

204

ISBN

978-83-7866-134-4

Publication date

2016

Binding

paperback with wings

Dimensions

145 x 205 mm

Translation

Jessica Taylor-Kucia