This poem is among several Ficowski wrote that took place in Warsaw or within the confines of its Jewish Ghetto, contained in his best known collection, A Reading of Ashes. The challenges of cotranslating have been new to me; my previous translation work always consisted of working alone or with the author who in this case is now deceased.
Ficowski has taught me a lot about writing in English. And having thought so long about how his love of Schulz filters so clearly and productively into his own poems, I now, with wonder, grow increasingly aware of how my apprenticeship to his poems has begun to alter my own work.
Jerzy Ficowski was a prolific poet, songwriter, and scholar on the Polish Roma population as well as the artist-writer Bruno Schulz. His selected poems was edited by Piotr Sommer.
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The Great Heresy of the Varsovian Center Thomas F Anessi. The Great Heresy of the Varsovian Center. His career as a writer began in Warsaw and was nurtured in journals that carried the Skamander torch. His place in the literary milieu of the interwar period cannot be understood without reference to his place within this center.
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Polish Workers, Peasants, and Soldiers! Above a bloodied and tired humanity, a dawn of peace and freedom is rising! The mock-revolutionary language used by the Skamander poets is indicative of how their call to create Polish poetry anew overlapped with their active support for the building of a modern nation state in newly-independent Poland. Yet, Schulz did share much in common with the Skamander poets. The connections, however, extend much further. Secondly, the reviews he published in Skamander journals provided Schulz with exposure and financial support, both of which he sought as he carried out plans which were ultimately unsuccessful to physically move himself into this Varsovian literary center.
Schulz had been hungry for a chance to engage other writers, as evidenced by his enthusiastic and detailed response to Stefan Szuman in after receiving a self-published collection of poems from the psychology professor. Having fostered a career as a visual artist from his home in Drohobycz for more than a decade with only limited success, his shift toward becoming a writer in increased his incentive to pull up his roots in the provinces. Living in Drohobycz made it hard to keep in contact with the Varsovian literary scene — which largely revolved around socializing in cafes and parties — so in spite of his generally reserved nature and meager financial resources, from through , Schulz made numerous trips on the long and relatively poor rail connection with Drohobycz and spent most of a six-month leave of absence in in Warsaw Ficowski Their close friendship and her role in arranging matters in Warsaw for him played no small part in the frequency of his letters.
Her living in the cultural center provided him with a permanent dependable contact in the city as well as a friend with whom he could swap gossip about his interactions with others in the literary world. During the years of their correspondence, her help in maintaining contacts with this world was frequent and often productive, even if Schulz was ultimately unsuccessful in his goal — for both personal and professional reasons — of moving to the capital city himself. But more significant are his comments in letters to and about other writers and, especially, his publishers, which in general, show his growing familiarity within this community.
These show that by Schulz felt at home in the role of a Warsaw insider who could provide tips on how to deal with publishers in the city. Stop reminding them and send more articles, perhaps interviews with various personages, even if they are made up who will check? Then you will have to have somebody in Warsaw to collect the money from Czarski. In two letters to Czarski himself, one from early and another from , Schulz engages the editor himself in a familiar, jovial tone.
Schulz looked back to these years in his written response to a letter from Tuwim praising Cinnamon Shops in The answer is to go progressively deeper into the realm of myth through poetic language. He describes how lush weeds have spread and overgrown the landscape of the town.
The narrator and his family take flight and head out of town. Op Here we would form an autonomous legislature, erect a new hierarchy of standards and values. It was to be a life under the aegis of poetry and adventure, never-ending signs and portents. All we needed to do, or so it seemed to us, was push apart the barriers and limits of convention, the old markers imprisoning the course of human affairs, for our lives to be invaded by an elemental power, a great inundation of the unforseen, a flood of romantic adventures and fabulous happenings; SC They travel out to the countryside, where they abandon their adult guardians and proceed to build an imaginary king- dom constructed from the fables, novels and epics from which they have gleaned the material of their imaginations.
Numerous critics and Schulz himself have commented on his use of his own youth as a major source of inspiration for his stories. The first being a source of myth and metaphor, and the second a time in which these values direct the course of life through poetic language. Both Schulz and the Skamander poets implicitly look back to an Age of Gods as a source for their project to introduce an Age of Heroes.
Op Today those remote dreams come back, and not without reason. The possibility suggests itself that no dreams, however absurd or senseless, are wasted in the universe.
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Embedded in the dream is a hunger for it own reification, a demand that imposes an obligation on reality and grows imperceptibly into a bona fide claim, an IOU clamouring for repayment; SC What follows is the reification of the dream. Schulz returns in this final section to the Biblical topoi with which he began the story. The sublime image of the ancient cathedral with jeweled stained glass, crafted over generations, is contrasted with the petty-bourgeois townspeople, living easy lives selling sugar and tourist trinkets, including kitschy porcelain with images of the cathedral painted on them by girls studying at the local art school.
Greatness is reduced to common kitsch in order to provide a commodified experience to the masses. The reviews also required him to engage world literature, discussing issues wider than the experiences of many Polish readers, including Socialist Realism and Surrealism. The second consists of open dialogs with Witkacy and Gombrowicz. In the case of Witkacy, Schulz displays his competence as a critical reader of innovative prose literature.
In it he makes the argument that the historical novel was impossible before Napoleon because the wars and social revolutions the French general unleashed upon Europe gave people across the continent the feeling of seeing history in the making.
The examples given here from the period of the power of the Republic of Poland show the value for Polish diplomacy of communicating with the world through Rome. His tendency toward introversion, and at times depression, often left him feeling dissatisfied, yet it is almost certainly these negative emotions, this mild alienation, that pushes him creatively forward. William Dalrymple. The American Yiddish writer S. This item can be requested from the shops shown below. Document shows Germany, France, Italy and Malta poised to seal agreement that could be extended to others.
This direct contact with a historical narrative that transcended the framework of previous conflicts in scale and impact created the material conditions necessary for the development of a historical consciousness, which could then be put to work in the aesthetic realm, with writers able to embody in characters the specificities of the thinking of a given historical moment, and readers the desire to vicariously re-live historical moments through these characters in fiction.
Schulz uses as examples of the antithesis to greatness, history, psychology, and the philosophy of pragmatism. Schulz draws artistic inspiration from a reality that in its immediacy provides easy access to his childhood and his own roots. For him, the Varsovian center is the hub of a literary machine whose workings he must master, while the provinces are his true artistic center. Conclusion In Prowincja Centrum Province of the Center , Jerzy Jarz bski keenly notes that for Schulz the center was more likely to be a marital bed than a national capital, and that likewise, nothing could be more banal than placing the writer and his work at the margins merely due to his lifelong association with Drohobycz Moreover, Schulz can borrow from his authentic lived experiences there to ground his ideas in a physical and social milieu as he stretches reality at times almost beyond recognition to fashion it to his artistic needs.
His tendency toward introversion, and at times depression, often left him feeling dissatisfied, yet it is almost certainly these negative emotions, this mild alienation, that pushes him creatively forward. His arrival onto the Varsovian literary scene was a major event for this reason because it provided him with the hope of long sought-after artistic recognition and success, the possibility of making a living from his art.
The moment I cannot make creative use of life, it becomes either fearsome and perilous to me, or fatally tedious.