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Writing is my element


Three decades of extraordinary culture
Adam Zagajewski Poet
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As for our group, Teraz, we had no ambitions at that point to conquer the world, but there was an amusing incident when Agnieszka Osiecka came to the Klub pod Jaszczurami and told one of our friends who was in the club, 'You look very much like Marek Hłasko', that he physically resembled him. This amused me greatly because it has to be said that Marek Hłasko was also a symbol of those times, his short but spectacular career. This was true of Iwaszkiewicz, too, and literature was flourishing at that point. That was an extraordinary moment in the history of Polish culture – the '50s, '60s and even '70s.

No, nasza grupa Teraz, no oczywiście nie mieliśmy na początku przynajmniej ambicji światowych, ale na przykład taki zabawny moment – przyjechała do Klubu pod Jaszczurami Agnieszka Osiecka i powiedziała jednemu z naszych kolegów z grupy: 'Pan jest bardzo podobny do Marka Hłaski', fizycznie po prostu. To mnie bardzo rozbawiło, bo to jest też Marek Hłasko, prawda, krótkotrwała, ale bardzo... bardzo sensacyjna kariera Marka Hłaski. I tak dalej... no bo to jest też Iwaszkiewicz i w ogóle bardzo bogata literatura wtedy. Właśnie niezwykły moment w historii polskiej kultury – lata 50., 60. i jeszcze 70.

Adam Zagajewski (1945-2021) was a Polish poet, novelist, translator and essayist. He was awarded the 2004 Neustadt International Prize for Literature, the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize Lifetime Recognition Award and the 2017 Princess of Asturias Award for Literature. He is considered as one of the leading poets of the Generation of '68 or the Polish New Wave (Polish: Nowa fala) and is one of Poland's most prominent contemporary poets.

Listeners: Andrzej Wolski

Film director and documentary maker, Andrzej Wolski has made around 40 films since 1982 for French television, the BBC, TVP and other TV networks. He specializes in portraits and in historical films. Films that he has directed or written the screenplay for include Kultura, which he co-directed with Agnieszka Holland, and KOR which presents the history of the Worker’s Defence Committee as told by its members. Andrzej Wolski has received many awards for his work, including the UNESCO Grand Prix at the Festival du Film d’Art.

Tags: Agnieszka Osiecka, Marek Hłasko, Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz

Duration: 56 seconds

Date story recorded: March 2018

Date story went live: 25 April 2019