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A group of cyclists standing by their bicycles. Some those visible include Bolesław Napierała (first on the left), Spaczyński, Majchrowicz, Skolarczyk, Jastrzębski, 1934, photo: www.audiovis.nac.gov.pl (NAC)

Sienkiewicz jokingly associated cycling with the wheel of fortune, Prus persuaded Żeromski to try the new sport, and Skłodowska-Curie chose the bicycle as a means of travel on her honeymoon. Culture.pl presents an array of anecdotes from the chronicles of Polish cycling.

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Габриэль фон Макс «Плат Вероники», источник: Wikimedia

Could it be that most Polish modern literature was written in the secret language of the Aesopian?

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Polish literature, although not as well known as its German and Russian cousins, is one of the gems of European culture. This list covers a very wide range of genres and eras, but any of these books will help you love Poland a little more.

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"Short Stories" is a collection of twelve short stories and novellas by Boleslaw Prus translated into English by Bill Johnston. It includes, among others, works such as "Antek", "Michałko" or " From The Legend Of Ancient Egypt ".

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Краков, фото: Лукаш Гагульский / Forum

Literature lovers around the globe know how a good book can transport them to worlds both real and imagined. For those lucky enough to find themselves in Poland, we offer a guide to some of the real world sites of Polish literature.

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A 1965 feature film directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz.

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Tytus Czyżewski, Portrait of Bruno Jasieński, 1920, oil, canvas, photo: courtesy of the Museum of Art in Łódź, Kultura headquarters in Maisons-Laffitte near Paris, photo by: Wojciech Łaski / East News, Józef Oleszkiewicz, Portrait of Adam Mickiewicz, 1828, donation of Władysław Mickiewicz, photo source: National Museum in Cracow

In order to guide English-speakers towards the Polish authors best suited for their specific tastes, Culture.pl has put together an exclusive guide offering historical context and tailor-made recommendations.

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