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O Conradzie i Piłsudskim
Joseph Conrad vs. Marshall Piłsudski

Author(s): Stefan Zabierowski
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Joseph Conrad; Józef Piłsudski; Polish History (19-20 c.); Literature and Politics.

Summary/Abstract: The aim of this article is to present the parallels between two well-known figures, the men who were born on the borderlands of nineteenth-century Poland. One of them was an eminent Polish politician, Józef Piłsudski, and the other, a distinguished English writer – Joseph Conrad. Both of them had several things in common, for example: they had been born into landed-gentry families (the so-called ‘szlachta’); they were raised in a patriotic atmosphere within the shadow cast by national tragedy of the 1863 Uprising; they assimilated the cult of Polish romantic literature. However, later, their lives differed. Conrad did not believe in a reconstruction of independent Poland. Piłsudski, on the other hand, was the one who substantiated the restoration of the Polish state. Having achieved that, he gained the writer’s respect – whereas the politician became a great admirer of the author of Lord Jim.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 33-46
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: Polish