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„Lata płyną, dzienniczku, a jak tak pragnę życia”
“Years Flow By and I Yearn for Life”

A Presentation of Anna Pogonowska’s Wartime Diaries

Author(s): Maciej Libich
Subject(s): Studies of Literature, Polish Literature, Pre-WW I & WW I (1900 -1919), Interwar Period (1920 - 1939), WW II and following years (1940 - 1949), Post-War period (1950 - 1989), Transformation Period (1990 - 2010), Theory of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: Anna Pogonowska; World War II; diaries 1939–1945; Holocaust; military boredom; anthropology of literature
Summary/Abstract: The article is an attempt to describe the wartime diaries of Anna Pogonowska. Drawing on literary anthropology, genetic criticism and the works of Paweł Rodak, the author of the article describes both the materiality of Pogonowska’s notes, the themes they present, and their pragmatic functions. The author describes the state of anomie and the disintegration of the world in times of war as depicted in the diaries, as well as the feelings of isolation and boredom experienced by the young diarist. Moreover, the author of the article foregrounds the diarist’s discrete allusions to the Holocaust and reflects on her social position during the war.

  • Page Range: 133-148
  • Page Count: 16
  • Publication Year: 2022
  • Language: Polish