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The head from Adam Mickiewicz's monument on Krakowskie Przedmieście in Warsaw, 1948, photo: Karol Pecherski/APW/FORUM

When reading Polish Romantic literature, you may be bewildered at how unusual it seems, especially compared to its French, English, and American contemporaries. There may be similar themes and philosophy behind it, but something feels off, something is different from other romanticisms. Culture.pl is here to explain what makes Poland’s version of Romanticism unique.

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How a Sabbatian sect from Podolia influenced the history of Polish culture and changed the face of Polish Romantic 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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Okładka (nid 6225857)

Poland celebrates the bicentenary anniversary of one of Poland's most accomplished and prolific Romantic writers.

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Directed by Jerzy Grzegorzewski, Narodowy Theatre in Warsaw, June 2002.

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