Andrzej Sosnowski is one of the most important and influential modern Polish poets. His work has inspired numerous polemics in the field of literary criticism, focusing first on such topics as postmodernism, the death of an author, or exhausting lyric poetry, and later noticing such issues as subjectivity, postsecularism, politicalness and engagement.(...)
In 1988, Anne Dumas conducted an interesting social experiment. Dumas showed two groups of graduate students, one from China and the other one from the United States, a photograph of a man dressed in a business suit, eating breakfast next to a window with a view of a modern city.(...)
I borrow the term “directional tensions” from the Polish polymath, artist painter, writer, playwright, art critic and visionary, Witkacy.1 We all know how he died. Having learned that the Red Army crossed the eastern border of Poland, he committed suicide on September 17, 1939.(...)
“The noir sensibility is truly international”1.
Crime fiction’s rising popularity in recent years has revived an interest in more experimental takes on the genre. In Polish literature, there is an emerging trend of authors and poets who have never before expressed an interest in this area of mass culture suddenly writing crime novels.(...)
In 1927, Tadeusz Dębicki, a twenty-five-year-old Pole living in Antwerp, joined the crew of the cargo ship Mateb as an officer. The ship would embark on a month-long journey to Africa. Its route followed the Moienzi Nzadi named in the book’s title: “the river that draws its source from all other rivers” [MN, 35]1 in the Belgian colony of the Congo.(...)