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Promotion studio mock-up for The Tiger. Photo: courtesy of Daniel Bird

Many directors toy with scripts that never end up being filmed, but one Andrzej Żuławski script in particular, a madcap adventure featuring action star Dolph Lundgren, remains an enigmatic legend whispered about, but never fully believed. Culture.pl gets the truth from Żuławski’s friend and script consultant during his last years, Daniel Bird.

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Student polishing the figurehead of the Joseph Conrad, photo: Bettmann / Getty Images

Popular Polish author Jacek Dukaj has rewritten Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness for the 21st-century reader. Intriguingly, amongst the many questions Dukaj brings to the table, the biggest question he asks is: in what way is Heart of Darkness a VR experience, AD 1899?

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A new anthology of short stories and essays celebrates Joseph Conrad on the 150th anniversary of his birth. What do these 21st-century versions of Conrad have to tell us about our world today?

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Still from Lord Jim, dir. Richard Brooks, photo: promotional materials

Joseph Conrad's fiction plays witness to the struggle of a new political formation: The West. Culture.pl presents an academic paper by Josiane Paccaud-Huguet which analyses how two of Conrad's works register these changes.

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What does the form of Conrad's writing say about the content of his novels? Culture.pl presents Anne Luyat's analysis of Joseph Conrad's language use and portrayal of political evolution.

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Flaubert and Dostoevsky, photo: Wikipedia

To what extent can we say that Joseph Conrad is read differently in his adopted Britain and his native Poland? Culture.pl presents an academic paper by Andrzej Busza which unpacks his own relationship to Conrad's works, Conrad's relationship to Flaubert and Dostoevsky, and how readerships can be framed across national boundaries.

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Joseph Conrad, 1923, photo: East News, Edward Said, 1999, photo: Akg-images/Bruni Meya/East News

Peter Lancelot Mallios spoke with famous literary critic and Conradian, Edward Said, in his offices in 2003. Culture.pl presents Mallios' report and transcript of their enlightening conversation.

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Witold Gombrowicz and James Joyce, photo: Bohdan Paczowski, Wikipedia

As the old saying goes, ‘Great minds think alike’. Well, if that’s true, it’s no surprise that in the most significant books ever written, we are bound to find similar themes, plots, or ideas, even if they were written in different countries or in different eras. Here, then, are six Polish masterpieces that may seem quite familiar if you know your English literature.

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Обратная сторона обложки альбома Боба Дилана «Desire» 1976 года с портретом Джозефа Конрада прямо над ухом Боба Дилана, источник: общественное достояние

Why are space ships in the Alien movies named after Conrad’s novels? What’s Joseph Conrad doing on the sleeve of Bob Dylan’s album? And did he inspire one of the greatest comic books in history?

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Still from the film Heart of Darkness directed by Nicolas Roeg, 1993, photo: Solopan

The year 2017 has been declared Joseph Conrad Year in Poland to mark the 160th anniversary of the renowned writer’s birth. To mark the occasion, Culture.pl brings you 10 memorable quotes from Heart of Darkness that take you right to the heart of one of the Polish-born author’s most recognised works.

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Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski (Joseph Conrad),  writer, born on the 3rd of December 1857 in Berdichev (today's Ukraine), died on the 3rd of August 1924 in Oswalds near Canterbury in South-East England. A son to Polish patriots, a man of  three cultures, a great English writer and European.    

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Joseph Conrad, photo: PAP

The author of The Heart of Darkness, Nostromo, and Lord Jim was born and grew up in partitioned Poland. Yet his literary work is ostensibly devoid of almost any traces of his background. So where should one look for Conrad’s Polishness?

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Известные люди с польскими именами. Фотоколлаж: Culture.pl

What’s the hidden connection between the Russian avant-garde painter Kazimir Malevich, Austrian psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, and the 19th-century American politician Thaddeus Stevens?

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Joseph Conrad, 1923

The Polish government has announced that 2017 will be a year to commemorate Adam Chmielowski, Joseph Conrad, Tadeusz Kościuszko, Honorat Koźmiński, Józef Piłsudski, and the Wisła river. Under UNESCO’s patronage, the 200th anniversary of Kościuszko’s death and the 100th anniversary of Ludwik Zamenhof’s death will also be marked.

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Дирк Богард (Густав фон Ашенбах) и Бьёрн Андерсен (Тадзио) в фильме «Смерть в Венеции» (1971) Лукино Висконти; фото: Mary Evans Picture Library / East News

From Shakespeare and Calderon to Alfred Jarry and Thomas Mann, here are some of the most captivating appearances of Poles in world literature, which we think deserve more than a footnote in history books. What these largely fictitious Polish characters tell us about Poland? And what Poland meant to their creators?

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Peter Fudakowski, photo: Grażyna Makara

Film producer and director. Oscar winner for Tsotsi and creator of the Secret Sharer. Born in London in 1954.

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From Jacob Frank to Ivan Franko, and from Joseph Roth to Joseph Brodsky, here are some very different writers, all of whom engaged in a quite complicated relationship with the Polish language. Their stories serving as proof to the magnetic power of attraction once exerted by Polish language and culture.

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Animated film. Director, screenplay, artistic design and animation: Anna Błaszczyk, 2006. Animation based on fragments of Joseph Conrad's short story "Youth"

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Joseph Conrad, photo: public domain

In what ways was Joseph Conrad involved in the politics of his day? Culture.pl presents an academic paper by Sylvère Monod which reviews the full scope of Conrad's work to present his perspective on European politics at the turn of the 20th-century.

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Edward Said was not only an innovator of postcolonial theory, but a keen Conradian as well. Culture.pl presents an academic paper by Jacek Gutorow on Said's relationship with the work of this most European of writers: Joseph Conrad.

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