Poland’s Literature Hijacked? Pt2

It is those earlier periods that breed and sustain (not nurture) the underlying climate of its culture today: Nostalgia, the template into which all must fit. The world-famous interwar modernist troika of Witkacy, Bruno Schulz and Gombrowicz (allegedly missing the Nobel — when it meant literature not journalism or ditties culled from traditional forms– by […]

A Nation’s Literature Hijacked?

Since the deluge of the digital age, the emergence of single nation language cultures from their pre-cyber cocoons can be a litmus test regarding status. In the fluctuating territories of central/East Europe, Poland’s literature was previously disseminated by one or two specialist departments of American universities for academic kudos. This was to the benefit of […]

                        SCHULZ, NOSTALGIA AND POLISH CULTURE TODAY The territory of East Germany has had an economically difficult time since the end of the Soviet era. In cultural terms it nationally realigned some classic literary icons from the severed region, but also coined a new word ostalgia, east-nostalgia, a more contented ‘innocent’ time before annexation stripped […]

A European from Drohobycz: New Discoveries in the Life of Bruno Schulz

Historians today consistently accept that Polish literary modernism had its first and richest harvest during the 1930s with Witkacy, Witold Gombrowicz, and Bruno Schulz. This, however, was never an aligned group. Gombrowicz and Witkacy disliked each other when Schulz introduced them in Warsaw, but with their mutual friend they shared one common strategy: recognition in […]