"A free man, an intellectual, a writer and a truly free poet who wants to be free, will have something of a hooligan in him to the end of this world. Flaubert, already old, wrote in one of his letters:" All banners were soiled with blood and shit, that there would be time to have none. "Isn't that a typical hooligan sentence? Well, as a hooligan of freedom, I don't want to give in to control." Andrzej Bobkowski, from a letter to his uncle.
The exhibition is dedicated to Andrzej Bobkowski (1913-1961) who spent almost all of his adult life outside of Poland - first in France, then in Guatemala. He was first of all the author of "Sketched with the Quill", which was published by the Literary Institute in Paris in 1957 - This is one of the most important books published by the Institute. And not only because of its literary values, but also because of the very interesting reflections contained in it regarding the evaluation of the political situation after the lost war - emphasized Jerzy Giedroyc, editor of Polish “Kultura” press. Bobkowski also wrote a play "Black Sand" (1959) and a lot of short stories, sketches and notes scattered throughout various magazines, and then collected in books. His works in prose were published not only in the Paris “Kultura” press and London’s “Wiadomości” press, but also in the national press. In the 1940s, he published, among others in “Tygodnik Powszechny”, “Dziś i Jutro”, “Twórczość” i “Nowiny Literackie”. His short stories were first published in “Kultura” press. Eventually they were published as a whole by Literary Institute in Paris in 1970 entitled “Coco de Oro: Sketches and Short Stories”. In 1994, “The Stories and Sketches” were published, which mainly featured essays from “Wiadomości” and “Tygodnik Powszechny”. Bobkowski is also the author of hundreds of wonderful letters that are being gradually published, including those addressed among others to Jerzy Giedroyc, Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz and Tymon Terlecki.
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