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Between Fire and Sleep: Essays on Modern Polish Poetry and Prose

Jaroslaw Anders


Twentieth-century Polish literature is often said to be a “witness to history,” a narrative of the historical and political disasters that visited the nation. This book examines Poland's modern poetry and fiction and explains that the best Polish writing of the period 1918–89 was much more than testimony. Rather, it constantly transformed historical experience into metaphysical reflection, a philosophical or religious exploration of human existence. The book analyzes and contextualizes the work of nine modern Polish writers. These include the “three madmen” of the interwar period—Schulz, Gombr ... More

Keywords: Polish literature, twentieth century, historical disasters, metaphysics, religion, human existence, Schulz, Gombrowicz, Witkiewicz

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780300111675
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300111675.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jaroslaw Anders, author