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Być Żydem w niepodległej Polsce
To Be a Jew in Independent Poland

Author(s): Henri Lewi
Contributor(s): Tomasz Stróżyński (Translator)
Subject(s): Jewish studies, Recent History (1900 till today), Polish Literature, Ukrainian Literature, Philology, Theory of Literature
Published by: Fundacja Terytoria Książki
Keywords: Bruno Schulz; schulz studies; literary theory; interwar period; polish literature;

Summary/Abstract: Henri Lewi’s book, "Bruno Schulz or, Messianic Strategies", published in 1989 in Paris, is an attempt to read the fiction and correspondence of Schulz as a record of his individual lot and the collective condition of Jews in the pre-Second World War Poland. The author interprets Schulz’s writings, in which the writer resorted to myths and metaphors and avoided direct autobiographical confessions, as a disguised presentation of his personal experience. Lewi tries to prove that even though Schulz did not openly refer to his Jewishness, he drew from the Judaic tradition and his most important myths are deeply rooted in the Old Testament.

  • Issue Year: 4/2014
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 87-98
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Polish