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Stefan Wiechecki talking to a cabman, photo: Wikipedia

They loved Warsaw. They wrote about Warsaw. They brought the essence of the city in the inter- and post-war periods to readers everywhere. Culture.pl takes a look at writers whose prose revolved around the Polish capital.

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The third wagon from Julian Tuwim's Locomotive, illustrated by Jan Lewitt & Jerzy Him, photo: scan DM

In the past 300 years, Poland has produced some of the world's most fascinating works of children's literature. Here, using new translations of verses by Jan Brzechwa, Aleksander Fredro and Julian Tuwim, Marek Kazmierski shows how they can help us reminisce on happy moments from our own childhoods and teach a new generation a whole lot.

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Part of the cover of Little Orphan Mary and the Gnomes, a children's book by Maria Konopnicka, photo: Krzysztof Chojnacki / East News

Is children's literature meant to prolong the experience of childhood, or introduce our little ones to the darker realities of being a grown-up? Covering the last 300 years of Polish poetry, Marek Kazmierski presents three new translations of poems meant for children, which – like all great works of art – speak to all ages, cultures and tastes.

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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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Joanna Rusinek was supposed to be an English teacher, and later, an art teacher. In the end, she ended up being one of the most talented illustrator's in Poland!

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Illustrations from the book Locomotive / IDEOLO by Małgorzata Gurowska and Joanna Ruszczyk. The book is based on poems by Julian Tuwim.

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23 Kościelna street, Otwock, photo: Dagmara Nemerow

There were hundreds of them before the war. Fable-like houses with wooden verandas and openwork balustrades are slowly disappearing from the map of Otwock. Here are the most beautiful "Świdermajer" villas of the summer destination in the outskirts of Warsaw.

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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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Works and Illustrations by Monika Hanulak. Born in 1973, she works as an assistant in the workshop of Illustration at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Together with Grażka Lange and Małgorzata Gurowska, she co-forms the CMYK group. Hanulak specializes in illustration as well as organizing exhibitions. She is especially fond of art books.

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How one generation of poets and musicians of Jewish descent invented Polish popular music and changed the face of entertainment in Poland… and why their story could inspire a sad song.

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Marek Kazmierski, photo: Bogdan Frymorgen

Selling books today requires a similar level of creativity to writing them... - Marek Kazmierski, writer, translator and founder of the publishing house OFF_Press on the trials and tribulations of publishing Polish literature in translation in the UK.

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Zuzanna Ginczanka in her hometown Równe, 1934, photo: Muzeum Literatury / East News

Her extraordinary poems and exotic looks had all of interwar Warsaw down on its knees. Over 70 years after her premature death, her unearthly presence and poetic oeuvre continue to haunt 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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Konstanty Ildefons Gałczyński, photo: Koncern Ilustrowany Kurier Codzienny - Archiwum Ilustracji / Narodowe Archiwum Cyfrowe (NAC)

Konstanty Ildefons Gałczyński, the poet who coupled contradictions like few other versemakers of his time, passed away 60 years ago. We bring you all of his polymorphous faces as well as a few of his masks

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Poland of the 1920s is trendy again, and this phenomenon cannot be explained merely on the grounds of vintage fashion. The journalist and film critic Wojciech Kałużyński suggests it answers a new need of escaping reality, this time by those disenchanted with capitalism.

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