The poetry and prose of everyday life in communist kraków

Moths, old maids, and the memoirs of Adam Zagajewski

Lawrence Wolff

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    This essay analyzes Adam Zagajewski's recent memoir W cudzym pieknie (Another beauty), in which he reflects particularly on the decades of the 1960s and 1970s, when he was a student and young poet in Kraków. The essay addresses Zagajewski's perspective on the city of Kraków, his reflections on communism in Wladyslaw Gomulka's Poland, his sense of the relations between older and younger Polish generations, and his efforts to negotiate a personal balance between poetry and politics. Zagajewski's memoir is discussed in the context of his own poetry, of Polish intellectual life, and of Kraków's cultural history from the 1890s to the 1980s. Intellectual points of reference and comparison range from Tadeusz "Boy" Żeleński and Stanisław Wyspiański in fin-de-siècle Krakow, to Witold Gombrowicz, Czesław Miłosz, and Adam Michnik in later twentieth-century Polish letters and politics. The essay, finally, attempts to assess the significance and implications of communism for Polish poetry, literature, and intellectual life.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    JournalSlavic Review
    Volume61
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - 2002

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    everyday life
    communism
    politics
    cultural history
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    Poland
    twentieth century
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    Maids
    Everyday Life
    Communist
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    1980s

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    The poetry and prose of everyday life in communist kraków : Moths, old maids, and the memoirs of Adam Zagajewski. / Wolff, Lawrence.

    In: Slavic Review, Vol. 61, No. 2, 2002.

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