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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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Still from the film Beyond Words directed by Urszula Antoniak. Pictured: Jakub Gierszał and Andrzej Chyra, photo: Best Film.

Urszula Antoniak invites the audience to reflect on Polish identity, the feeling of alienation and possibility of assimilation. Her film is uneasy yet inspiring and beautifully narrated.

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Selected portraits depicting Bruno Schulz, distinguished writer, painter, illustrator and graphic designer. He was born 12 July 1892 in Drohobycz, where he died a tragic death on 19 November 1942.

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Witold Gombrowicz, Vence, 1965, photo: Bohdan Paczowski

Witold Gombrowicz was one of Poland’s most prolific writers, as likely one of the most exceptional writers in the history of literature. His texts – full of wordplay and astonishing constructs – grapple with Polish tradition, history and identity. One month before the outbreak of World War II, Gombrowicz boarded a ship to Argentina…

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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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Poster for Yvonne, Princess of Burgundy directed by Grzegorz Jarzyna, 2016, photo: promo materials

Grzegorz Jarzyna is directing Yvonne, Princess of Burgundy at the State Theatre of Nations in Moscow. This will be the first collaboration between the Polish director and Russian actors.

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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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Andrzej Wajda, 2007, fot. INTERFOTO / Forum

Ever felt disoriented by the strange names on the map of Poland, the seemingly unpronounceable names of Polish artists and politicians, or maybe the protagonists you come across in books? Names like Szczebrzeszyn or Dróżdż...

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Still from Andrzej Żuławski's Cosmos, photo: Alfama Films

By adapting Witold Gombrowicz’s Cosmos Andrzej Żuławski proved his position as the most courageous and uncompromising Polish film director. A humourous and perverse film serves as a great conclusion of the director’s film career.

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Still from Andrzej Żuławski's Cosmos, photo: Alfama Films press material

On 19th February2016 Film Society of Lincoln Center will host the American premiere of Andrzej Żuławski’s Cosmos. The premiere is a part of Spotlight on Andrzej Żuławski, an initiative of Film Society of Lincoln Center and Polish Cultural Institute New York, with additional support from Polish Film Institute.

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Andrzej Żuławski's new feature film, based on a novel by Witold Gombrowicz, is a French-Portuguese co-production, starring Jean Francois Balmer, Sabine Azema, Victoria Guerra, a także Ricardo Pereira and Antonio Simao.

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«Дневник», пер. Лиллиан Валли

The peculiar idiom of Witold Gombrowicz – both in thinking and writing ‒ has influenced Polish culture more than any other 20th-century author. See for yourself what it is in his words that has inspired a cult following.

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Jonathan Genet in Andrzej Żuławski’s film Cosmos, photo: press materials

Andrzej Żuławski has been awarded the best director prize at the 68th edition of the Locarno International Film Festival. Awards were also bestowed upon Wojciech Staroń for the documentary Brothers, and Karolina Bielawska for Call Me Marianna.

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Morphine (Morfina) is an audacious novel which is far from an easy demythologization of Polish national history. Szczepan Twardoch creates a universal portrait of a man who tries to free his own identity from his own mother, lovers, wife, and, lastly – History.

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Listed among the most anticipated films of 2015, Andrzej Żuławski’s Cosmos is now in post-production. The film will most probably be ready for the Cannes Festival in May.

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Станислав Игнаций Виткевич (Виткаций) «Фантазия-сказка», 1922, фото: Национальный музей в Варшаве

75 years ago Polish writer and painter Witkacy committed suicide upon hearing the news of the Soviet invasion of Poland. Far from being a tragic exception, he heralds a long series of shattered lives whose literary talent might have bloomed had it not been bloodily trampled

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Vero Escalante, La forma se inclina y se moldea bajo los golpes del devenir universal, photo courtesy of the organizer

Witold Gombrowicz, one of the most important writers of the 20th century, will be the subject of the upcoming 1st International Conference of Witold Gombrowicz, which will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Photo form the performance Ivona, Princess og Burgundia directed by Krzysztof Garbaczewski, photo: press materials

Witold Gombrowicz’ Ivona, Princess of Burgundia under the direction of Krzysztof Garbaczewski is a fuse of theater and film form, in which the camera allows us to delve deeper into the world of female protagonist.

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Still from the rehearsal for Kronos,  2013, photo: Natalia Kabanow /Polski Teatre in  Wrocław

The long-awaited literary premiere of Kronos was for the first time staged at Polski Theatre in Wrocław by Witold Gombrowicz expert– Krzysztof Garbaczewski.

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Toys, directed by Andrzej Wolski, is a documentary about children's favourite toys in the times of real socialism.

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