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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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Originally published in 1970, Miron Białoszewski's Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising was in the making for quarter of a century. Now, for the first time, English-language readers can have a glimpse at the full uncensored version of a book that became the ultimate Polish testimony of the devastation wreaked by war .

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Film fabularny w reżyserii Andrzeja Barańskiego z 2005 roku.

Mironczarnia, Jakub Neske’s choral composition based on Miron Białoszewski’s poem, ranked 3rd in the 1st International Competition of Choral Composition juried by legendary film music composer Ennio Morricone.

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Miron Białoszewski in his apartment, 1964, Warsaw, photo: Tadeusz Sobolewski / Forum

Like no other artist of his generation, Miron Białoszewski embraced new technologies to scrutinise himself and his work. His experiments are immortalised in the tape recorder audio materials now being released by Bołt Records, and in the experimental films currently on exhibition at the Warsaw Museum of Modern Art.

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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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