By Marci Shore
"In the dependent capital urban of Warsaw, the editor Mieczyslaw Grydzewski would include his dachshunds to a café known as Ziemianska." therefore starts the historical past of a new release of Polish literati born on the fin de siècle. They sat in Café Ziemiańska and believed that the area moved on what they acknowledged there. Caviar and Ashes tells the tale of the younger avant-gardists of the early Twenties who grew to become the unconventional Marxists of the past due Twenties. They made the alternative for Marxism earlier than Stalinism, ahead of socialist realism, ahead of Marxism intended the imposition of Soviet communism in Poland. It ended tragically.
Marci Shore starts off with this generation’s coming of age after the 1st global warfare and narrates a half-century-long trip via futurist manifestos and proletarian poetry, Stalinist terror and Nazi genocide, a trip from the literary cafés to the cells of prisons and the corridors of energy. utilizing newly to be had archival fabrics from Poland and Russia, in addition to from Ukraine and Israel, Shore explores what it intended to reside Marxism as a ecu, an East ecu, and a Jewish highbrow within the 20th century.
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80 Broniewski experienced the classic symptoms of a self-doubting intellectual: depression, literary paralysis, self-hatred. In February 1922 he told Kencbok that he was undergoing a period of the most intense abomination of himself. That spring he explained that he simply felt things more intensely than others did. Moreover he was engaged in a battle against himself, not so much to embrace new values as to cast o¤ the old. He had begun to read Nietzsche. Late that summer, in a letter dated 26 August 1922, he wrote to Kencbok: “In fact, however, society is divided into those who truly want reform and such people who, while making a few declarations, endeavor to maintain the old state of things.
Appearing in the ﬁrst issue of 1924 was Aleksander Wat’s short story “Prowokator” (Agent Provocateur), a tale of forty-year-old Grzegorz, a former revolutionary and veteran of prison and hunger strikes, and now a professional provocateur informing on his former comrades, full of nostalgia for his Catholic childhood, longing for God’s love, and searching for his true identity: Everything exists in dual form: good and evil, truth and falsehood, light and dusk, the policeman and the revolutionary.
Polymorphism and polychromism of your skull bewitched you. Signboards will spit and growl: Old scoundrel. To Julian Tuwim. In the polar glowing spaces let love be weakness, which you want to eradicate. naa NN aaa Na Naaa. To Jar. 21 In the last stanza Wat returned to himself, tormented by his own narcissism, and wrote that it was he himself who was burning in the “inquisitorial interior” of his cast-iron stove. This was “too much” for Irena Krzywicka, but not for the older, magniﬁcent Witkacy, who loved Cast-Iron Stove and forced his whole court in Zakopane to read it.