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Zygmunt Krzyżanowski, photo source: public domain

Russian author, essayist, and translator. Born on 30th January, 1887 near Kiev, died on 28th December in Moscow.

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Czesław Miłosz, photo AKG Images / East News

Ten years have gone by since the illustrious writer Czesław Miłosz passed away, although his writing still offers admirers all over the world a window into the delightful brilliance of his mind

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Marian Brandys, photo. Włodzimierz Wasyluk

Historical writer, essayist, journalist. Born on the 25th of January, 1912, died on the 20th November, 1998. Brandys made his debut as a writer with feature stories from Poland and abroad, among them a reportage on the construction of the Nowa Huta district in Kraków.

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Journalist and essayist Leopold Unger passed away on the 20th of December, 2011 in Brussels at the age of 89.

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Photo: Stefan Władysław Kozłowski

While he wrote under many pseudonyms, most everyone in Poland knows him as one of the most outstanding essayists. Also an epistolographer, he wrote in Polish and French.

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Tomasz  Różycki, photo: Elżbieta Lempp

Poet, essayist, translator from the French language; winner of the 2004 Kościelski Award, nominated for the 2007 Nike Literary Award.

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Writer who combined the conventional historical novel with psychological narrative to achieve a brand new type of a story about the past.

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Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz with his dog Tropek, 1963, Stawisko - photo source: Museum in Stawisko archive / Fotonova / East News

A poet, prose writer, playwright, essayist, and translator. His prose is strongly tied to literary tradition and to changes in contemporary literature and yet is hard to place.

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A poet, writer, and essayist; his writing career reflects the time periods of his life, begining with youthful poems expressing the joy of life towards profound reflection on its complexities.

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Józef Wittlin, photo: Narodowe Archiwum Cyfrowe (National Digital Archive).

A poet, novelist, essayist, translator; he belonged to the generation who was deeply affected by the war and antiwar sentiment was often expressed in his work.

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Henryk Sienkiewicz (pseudonym Litwos), writer and essayist, born on May 5, 1846 in Wola Okrzejska, died on November 15, 1916 in Vevey, Switzerland

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Writer, poet, dramatist and essayist. He formulated the main philosophical ideas of his generation in a most extreme and dramatic way; through literary provocation.

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Czesław Miłosz, photo source: AKG Images / East News

Poet, novelist, essayist and translator. Winner of the 1980 Nobel Prize for Literature. His poems are known for their depth and metaphysical aspects.

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Olga Tokarczuk, photo by Grażyna Makara

Outstanding writer and essayist and a devotee of Jung, Olga Tokarczuk is an authority on philosophy and arcane knowledge. She is a phenomenon of popularity - admired by both critics and readers.

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A literary historian, critic, essayist, and translator; he made his critical debut at a young age and quickly became one of the most outstanding figures of the "Krakow School" of criticism.

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Henryk Grynberg, photo: Elżbieta Lempp

A novelist and short-story writer, poet, playwright and essayist who has won many prestigious literary awards and is the author of more than twenty books.

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Gustaw Herling-Grudziński, fot. Elżbieta Lempp

Made his debut in the inter-war period as a literary critic. He was a co-founder in 1947 and one of the original editors of "Kultura", then published in Rome.

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This historian of ideas, literary critic, art historian and translator boasts wide education and reading, has a brilliant command of style, and is one of the very best Polish essayists.

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The author or co-author of many books on aesthetics, philosophy, art, culture and anthropology. Her 1992 essay The Cracks in Existence was a literary event of the highest order.

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This novelist and essayist, whose work was translated into many languages won many awards: the Jurzykowski, the Prato-Europa and Ignatio Silone Prizes.

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