Vol 2, No 11
20 March 2000
C U L T U R E R O U N D - U P:
Poland's Week in Culture
This week we look back at the life of Kazimierz Brandys, encourage CER readers to consider the book of the week and there is a cultural announcement from Katowice.
Click on the appropiate heading or just scroll down to browse.
Polish writer Kazimierz Brandys died on Saturday, 11 March, in Paris. Born in Łódź, he completed law studies in Warsaw in June 1939. His first writings date also from that year. After the war he quickly joined Polish literary circles. In 1946, he debuted with a novel Drewniany koń (Wooden Horse) and another one, Miasto niepokonane (Undefeated City). In the 1950s he was briefly fascinated by the social realist writing of the Stalinist period and wrote the novel Obywatele (Citizens) in 1954.
He quickly abandoned these views, however, to give a moving account of the Stalinist Terror in Matka Królów (Król Mother), published in 1957. In an act of protest against the philosopher Leszek Kołakowski's removal from the Communist Party, he resigned from his membership as well in 1966. In 1972 he published one of his finest novels - Wariacje pocztowe (Mail Variations).
In 1970, Brandys took part in establishing the democratic opposition movement in Poland and seven years later his novel Nierzeczywistość (Unreality) was published in a samizdat version. Shortly before the introduction of martial law in 1981 he left Poland to lecture in the US and then lived in Paris from 1983. His last major works were his diaries: Zapamiętane (Things Remembered) from 1995 and Przygody Robinsona (Robinson's Adventures) from 1999.
Actually, just one announcement. If anyone happens to be visiting Katowice between 17 March and 24 March, then it is worth attending the Third Polish Festival of Directors' Art called Interpretacje (Interpretations). It is an unusual event for it is not a competition for the best theater performance but for best directing. During the Festival's eight days one will be able to see such directing stars as Kazimierz Kutz or Piotr Tomaszuk. More info: 0048 32 5872 51 or 0048 32 58 89 67.
Krzysztof Jasiewicz (Ed)
Copyright © 2000 - Central Europe Review and Internet servis, a.s.
All Rights Reserved