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Konstanty Ildefons Gałczyński, photo: Polona

Writer, poet, translator. Born on January 23rd 1905 in Warsaw, died December 6th 1953 in Warsaw.

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Solaris, written between June 1959 and June 1960 and first published in 1961, is a very significant novel among Stanisław Lem’s works.

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Jakub Żulczyk, photo: Agata Grzybowska/AG

Writer, author of several books of fiction. Żulczyk studied journalism at Jagiellonian University in Kraków. As a journalist, he wrote for influential magazines such as Lampa, Machina, Exklusiv and Tygodnik Powszechny. He has written regular columns for the likes of Dziennik, Elle and Wprost.

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Wołodyjowski (Tadeusz Łomnicki) & Kmicic (Daniel Olbrychski) duelling in Jerzy Hoffman’s film The Deluge, photo: Franciszek Kądziołka, National Film Archive

Culture.pl brings you everything you ever wanted to know about Polish duels. All the noble drama and not-so-noble ridiculousness of duelling, from its origins in the Middle Ages through to its end in the 20th century. And, of course, famous incarnations of duellists in Polish culture too.

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A country road in the region of Suwalszczyzna in Poland, photo: Andrzej Sidor/Forum

What are Poland’s most common street names? Although some countries disappointingly have names like ‘Main Street’ as their most numerous, that’s certainly not the case with Poland. And to find out which streets were most popular, Culture.pl had to navigate a legendary Polish statistical colossus. But what were the results? Who, or what, made it into the top roads?

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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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Mikołaj Rej, source: Polona.pl

Mikołaj Rej, also known under his pen name, Ambroży Kurczbok Rożek. Writer, poet, playwright, translator. Known as the father of Polish literature.

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Ksenia Staroselskaya, photo: Maciej Żenkiewicz / AG

A study of Polish-Russian relations in literature: readers in Russia can enjoy everything from the Polish classics to Polish literature of the 21st century – and the person to thank for that is Ksenia Staroselskaya.

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Selected portraits of Zbigniew Herbert – poet, essayist, author of plays and radio dramas, a prolific writer, artistic and moral authority whose biography was tragically enmeshed in the history of the twentieth century. Born 29th October 1924 in Lviv, died 28th July 1998 in Warsaw.

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Witold Gombrowicz, Vence, photo: Bohdan Paczowski

A museum dedicated to the life and work of Witold Gombrowicz will be opened at the Villa Alexandrine in Vence, a town near Nice, where the writer spent the last years of his life.

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Wisława Szymborska,  fot. Damian Klamka / East News

Over the past few years, Szymborska's poetry has been gaining great popularity in South Korea, where the Polish Nobel Prize winner has been dubbed 'the poet of poets'.

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Max Cegielski, photo: Wojciech Olszanka/East News

Newspaper journalist, writer, explorer of the world and its cultures. Born 18 April 1975 in Warsaw.

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Artwork by: Katarzyna Piątek

Is Polish the most difficult language out there? Some seem to think so. But there are plenty of reasons why you should learn it anyway!

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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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Uprawa roślin południowych metodą Miczurina (Growing Southern Plants the Michurin Way) – Weronika Murek, Wydawnictwo Czarne, fragment of the cover

Polish books in translation? It takes some effort to find them in bookshops and even more effort to read about them in the review sections of newspapers and magazines, or to find them in public libraries. And when it comes to books written by Polish women? Well, need I say more? We’ve heard it all before...

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