Between Fire and Sleep: Essays on Modern Polish Poetry and Prose

Between Fire and Sleep: Essays on Modern Polish Poetry and Prose

by Jaroslaw Anders
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300111673

ISBN-13: 9780300111675

Pub. Date: 05/19/2009

Publisher: Yale University Press

Twentieth-century Polish literature is often said to be a “witness to history,” a narrative of the historical and political disasters that visited the nation. In this insightful book, Jaroslaw Anders examines Poland’s modern poetry and fiction and explains that the best Polish writing of the period 1918-1989 was much more than testimony. Rather,

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Twentieth-century Polish literature is often said to be a “witness to history,” a narrative of the historical and political disasters that visited the nation. In this insightful book, Jaroslaw Anders examines Poland’s modern poetry and fiction and explains that the best Polish writing of the period 1918-1989 was much more than testimony. Rather, it constantly transformed historical experience into metaphysical reflection, a philosophical or religious exploration of human existence.

Anders analyzes and contextualizes the work of nine modern Polish writers. These include the “three madmen” of the interwar period—Schulz, Gombrowicz, and Witkiewicz, whom he calls the fathers of Polish modernist prose; the great poets of the war generation—Milosz, Herbert, and Szymborska; Herling-Grudzinski and Konwicki, with their dark philosophical subtexts; and the mystical-ecstatic poet Zagajewski. A collection of essays representing Anders’s thinking over several decades, Between Fire and Sleep offers a fresh understanding of modern Polish literature and cultural identity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300111675
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/19/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface....................vii
Acknowledgments....................xix
Bruno Schulz: The Prisoner of Myth....................1
Witold Gombrowicz: The Transforming Self....................28
Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz: Modernism to Madness....................51
Czeslaw Milosz: A Testament of Exile....................67
Zbigniew Herbert: The Darkness of Mr. Cogito....................83
Wislawa Szymborska: The Power of Preserving....................113
Gustaw Herling-Grudzinski: Sleepless in Naples....................126
Tadeusz Konwicki: Polish Endgame....................139
Adam Zagajewski: To Hear the Sound of Everything....................158
Notes....................183
Suggested Reading....................189
Index of Names....................199

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