Polish men and women of letters in the night of 12th/13th May 1935 Cover Image

Literaci polscy nocą 12/13 maja 1935 roku
Polish men and women of letters in the night of 12th/13th May 1935

Author(s): Zbigniew Majchrowski
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Józef Piłsudski; Polish Literature

Summary/Abstract: In the night of 12th/13th May 1935, at a name-day party held at Zofia Nałkowska’s salon in Warsaw, the crowd of attending writers are receiving a telephone message about Józef Piłsudski’s death. The attendees get all of a sudden confronted against a necessity to redefine their social situation, the behavioural strategies assumed by them appearing quite varied. Basing upon a total of seven literary accounts of the participants (incl. diarist records by Maria Dąbrowska and Zofia Nałkowska; recollections by Maria Kuncewiczowa, Kazimierz Wierzyński, Antoni Słonimski, Witold Gombrowicz, Alfred Łaszowski), the Author has attempted at reconstructing the evening’s events – looking for what is referential whilst what he effectively finds is mostly discrepancies. Nonetheless, whatever appears incoherent, inconsistent, uncertain as regards the facts, can be read in a different perspective: namely, as certain idiomatic representations of an experience.

  • Issue Year: 2006
  • Issue No: 6
  • Page Range: 34-42
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Polish