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Jan Kochanowski with his daughter Urszulka, drawing by Kazimierz Władysław Wójcicki, based on a painting by Jan Matejko, 1876, photo: public domain

The history of Polish literature is just about one of the most fascinating out there. Here are some facts about it that will probably change the way you think about Eastern European literature, make you study the history of the region, or just have you reading more Polish books.

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Aleksander Gierymski, "Święto Trąbek I", olej, płótno, 47 x 64,5 cm, fot. Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie

Calm, arrogant, frivolous? How the Wisła river captivated artists and how they chose to present it in their work.

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Anja Rubik in "Chleb," dir. Krzysztof Skonieczny

From 14th century sacred verse to 21st century “hip-hop novels,” Poland has a rich and diverse literary tradition. Here, Culture.pl offers a playlist to guide you through some of the highlights of the last 700 years of Polish literature.

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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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