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What is the best Polish book ever written.

5 Feb 2009 /  #1
just help me out

come on i want to buy the best book ever in poland
time means 5 | 1,309  
5 Feb 2009 /  #2
the adventures of filemon the cat.
McCoy 27 | 1,269  
5 Feb 2009 /  #3
the best book ever in poland

Przedwojski Roman: Mineralogia, petrografia i geomorfologia.
Seanus 15 | 19,704  
5 Feb 2009 /  #4
Some would say Elementarz ;)
McCoy 27 | 1,269  
5 Feb 2009 /  #5
or Słownik Ortograficzny
ladykangaroo - | 165  
5 Feb 2009 /  #6
Kodeks Boziewicza

and, close second: Trędowata
osiol 55 | 3,922  
5 Feb 2009 /  #7
Przedwojski Roman: Mineralogia, petrografia i geomorfologia.

Got a spare copy? I like a bit of geologia.
Elssha - | 123  
5 Feb 2009 /  #8
Wiedzmin saga?
McCoy 27 | 1,269  
5 Feb 2009 /  #9
i'll send you everything i have. treasures of the polish literature.
27 Jun 2009 /  #10

the list of the best :D
27 Jun 2009 /  #11
Check out Stanislaw Lem books.
NO 14 4 | 44  
27 Jun 2009 /  #12
The best ever Polish book for me is called "But I Survived".
Its about a man called Tadeusz Sobolewicz & his life during the second world war in Poland, i am not a book fan but i was totally glued to this book from start to finish. There is a Polish version & English version.
bunia 1 | 134  
27 Jun 2009 /  #13
depends what sort of books your into.
If you want something because its polish - go for things like Sienkiewicz, Mickiewicz etc.
Most famous and worth reading. Also there is quite few books about "Columbs" generation -WWII generation of young people that is absolutely brilliant. Of that i would say "Kamienie na szaniec" is a good start.

If you want just good read - still depends on what books you like.
I would recomment Sapkowski but thats because im a fan :) Also Chmielewska is good read.
burnsa - | 6  
27 Jun 2009 /  #14
Chmielewska "Lesio"
Switezianka - | 463  
28 Jun 2009 /  #15
Sienkiewicz is no great literature. It has got huge historical significance because it was something uplifting for the occupied Poles to read, but in fact these are just adventure books set in important moments of Polish history, intellectually shallow, with awfully flat characters and a lot of ideology and populist nationalism. Something like Hollywood films about the Vietnam war nowadays.

If you look for something sophisticated and artistic, better go for Gombrowicz, Różewicz, Lem or Schultz.
28 Jun 2009 /  #16
"Pan Tadeusz" by Adam Mickiewicz is a masterpiece and probably
the best book ever written in Polish language. I used to know large
extracts of it by heart.
RubasznyRumcajs 5 | 499  
28 Jun 2009 /  #17
"O Szczęściu" (On Happiness) of Wladyslaw Tatarkiewicz.
Also Lem is quite a good writer.
z_darius 14 | 3,968  
28 Jun 2009 /  #18

"Pan Tadeusz" by Adam Mickiewicz is a masterpiece and probably
the best book ever written in Polish language.

It's a wonderful satire on Poles. I found no other book, or author who drerides Poles and Polish vices so skillfully. What's even funnier is that in Poland the books is taught as the greatest Polish patriotic epic. Not that Mickiewicz was not a patriot, but the book was just one huge joke.
plk123 8 | 4,148  
28 Jun 2009 /  #19
definitely "quo vadis" and "w pustyni is puszczy."
28 Jun 2009 /  #20
It's a wonderful satire on Poles.

Of course it is. But I think, no - I'm quite sure, that there is much
more in "Pan Tadeusz" than just a satire. Some of the beautiful
old Polish customs are also described there, and I simply love the
impressive descriptions of the nature and wild-life in it.

the book was just one huge joke

It is definately more than just a satire and it's certainly not "just one huge joke".

Also, from linguisitc and poetic point of view, the book is a masterpiece of Polish
Switezianka - | 463  
28 Jun 2009 /  #21
From 1901 to 1912, the committee was characterized by an interpretation of the "ideal direction" stated in Nobel's will as "a lofty and sound idealism", which caused Leo Tolstoy, Henrik Ibsen, Émile Zola and Mark Twain to be rejected.[4] During World War I and its immediate aftermath, the committee adopted a policy of neutrality, favouring writers from non-combatant countries.[4]

And it wasn't far from the general perception of literary merits in that time. Often, book was judged by its ideological contents more than purely literary quality.

Even very conservative Polish teachers sometimes admit Sienkiewicz wrote popular literature.
Krzysztof 2 | 973  
28 Jun 2009 /  #22
I agree that the Nobel prize can't be a measure of an author/book quality, just look at the first 50 years: 11 awards for Scandinavian writers (1/4 of the total, because the Prize wasn't awarded in some years) and having among laureates such mediocre authors like the Norwegian Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson is just a laugh (yes, I did read some of his works).

Back to the original question (from February), it's strange, you won't ever reach a consensus in such matters, I wonder if the English speaking world has one book that they nominated "the best" :)
axid - | 18  
29 Jun 2009 /  #23
the question can't be answered as it's too general.
if you say what type of literature you are interested in,
we will be able to help.
I hope You know that You cannot compare romanticism and Mickiewicz
to post-modern Lem, crime-satires of Chmielewska and so on.

here's a question for you: what is the best book written in English?

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