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Who is your favourite polish writer?


southern 75 | 7,096  
29 Aug 2009 /  #1
I go for Tadeus Borowski.
SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
29 Aug 2009 /  #2
If I could read it would be Jared Diamond today.
Moonlighting 31 | 234  
29 Aug 2009 /  #3
What do you think of Pilch ?
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446  
29 Aug 2009 /  #4
Tadeusz Dołęga-Mostowicz, esp. Kariera Nikodema Dyzmy! I know, it's low-brow fare and all, but this was the first novel I ever read cover to cover in Polish, so I have a certain sentiment for it. I also enjoyed the film starring Wilhelmi.
CacyUlcia 2 | 46  
31 Aug 2009 /  #5
Jan Kochanowski (1530-84) is popular in Poland. I've attended a Polish school named after him. A lot of people refer to him as the "Polish Shakespeare"

He wrote literature, humanist drama, and poetry. Many of his works were translated into English.
vetala - | 382  
31 Aug 2009 /  #6
I go for Tadeus Borowski.

So do I. And Andrzej Sapkowski. Both have this unique style and write about horrifying things in an almost humorous way.
George8600 10 | 636  
9 Oct 2009 /  #9
George8600:
Wisława Szymborska
No kidding ?

No kidding. I love Polish literature and I think it's genius. Me being half Greek and telling people of my itnerest in ltierature always raves up discussions of Homer, Sophocles, Aristotle, etc. Sure they are genius'; but what about Polish literature???

Many Poles don't even regard it. however Polish literature is epic, and especially the poetics. Yes Szymborska is one of my favorite poets of all time (next to Baudelaire and Rimbaid whom are Frances top). Essentially i recently bought this anthology which has all of Polands best literature:

Here is the 8 volume set:

Polish Literature from 1864 to 1918. Realism and Young Poland. An Anthology.
Bloomington, IN: Slavica, 2006

"The Virgin Mary's Crown. A Bilingual Anthology of Medieval Polish Marian Poetry." Selected, edited, and translated by Roman Mazurkiewicz and Michael J. Mikos. Krakow: Collegium Columbinum, 2002.

Krakow: Collegium Columbinum, 2002.

Polish Literature from the Middle Ages to the End of the Eighteenth Century. A Bilingual Anthology. Selected and translated by Michael J. Mikos.
Warszawa: Constans, 1999

Polish romantic literature : an anthology / Michael J. Mikos.
Publisher: Columbus, Ohio : Slavica Publishers, c1999.

Polish Baroque and Enlightenment Literature An Anthology, edited, translated, and with commentary by Michael J. Mikos
Columbus, Ohio : Slavica Publishers, c1996.

Polish renaissance literature : an anthology / Michael J. Mikos.
Columbus, Ohio : Slavica Publishers, c1995.

Medieval literature of Poland : an anthology / translated by Michael J. Mikos.
New York : Garland Pub., 1992.

Polish Literature from 1918 to 2000. Modern Literature in Poland. An Anthology.
Bloomington, IN: Slavica, 2006


You can but them from Barnes and Noble or Amazon. Also if you're into modern Polish poetry, I recently picked this one up which is a collection of Poland's best modern poetry; it's amazing really:

Happy reading. ^_^
gumishu 11 | 5,680  
9 Oct 2009 /  #11
Stanisław Lem I guess - Peace on Earth or Futurologic congress (don't know actual English tittles - these are merely my translations)
Leopejo 4 | 120  
12 Oct 2009 /  #12
Gunter Grass ;-)
George8600 10 | 636  
15 Oct 2009 /  #13
Another add- jacek dehnel of Gdansk
drcolon 1 | 5  
15 Oct 2009 /  #14
I don't read as much as used to, but I spent many cold winter nights wrapped in a blanket reading Chmielewska's crime stories... And those were the pre-Snuggie days, so it wasn't that easy...
Richfilth 6 | 415  
15 Oct 2009 /  #15
Witold Gombrowicz, especially "Ferdydurke"

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