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Letters Like a Touch

Author(s): Grażyna Kuroń, Jacek Kuroń
Subject(s): History, Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Political history, Social history, Polish Literature
Published by: Ośrodek KARTA
Keywords: letter; correspondence; love; friendship; longing; death; marriage; PRL (Polish People’s Republic); oppositionist; KOR (Workers’ Defence Committee); Solidarity; Martial Law; prison; internship; March 1968
Summary/Abstract: “Letters like a Touch” (1965–1982) is a fascinating story of an exceptional feeling between one of the most important oppositionist, Jacek Kuroń, and his prematurely deceased wife, Gaja (Grażyna) and, at the same time, a historic testimony of the Polish People’s Republic which has been unknown so far. Jacek Kuroń spent a total of 10 years in prison, arrest, or detention centre. The basic form of contact then consisted of letters written chiefly to Gaja. It is a unique correspondence in many respects: for years it was kept by the security service, and, today, it helps to understand the reality of crucial moments in the history of the Polish People’s Republic. Jacek’s prison pictures alternate with the description of Gaja’s everyday life at large. We can find deep reflections in them or echoes of readings, we can witness the birth of many concepts which were later transformed into great ideas changing the history of Poland.

  • Page Count: 329
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • Language: Polish