COMMUNISM, SOCIALIST REALISM, OPPOSITION: POSTWAR HISTORY OF SEVERAL POLISH POETS. ON A BOOK 'AVALANCHE AND STONES' BY ANNA BIKONT AND JOANNA SZCZESNA (.... Wokól ksiazki Anny Bikont i Joanny Szczesnej 'Lawina i kamienie')
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The concern of the article is a book by Anna Bikont and Joanna Szczesna 'Avalanche and Stones. Writers and Communism', which gives an account of six Polish writers, i.e. Jerzy Andrzejewski, Tadeusz Borowski, Kazimierz Brandys, Tadeusz Konwicki, Adam Wazyk, and Wiktor Woroszylski. It starts with the poets' postwar involvement into communism and socialist realism, and leads through the Party's revisionism to their anti-Polish People's Republic activities as oppositionists. Commenting on the protagonists' fortunes as presented in the book in question, the author takes advantage of the literary-history context, refers to political-literary personal tensions (most of all between Gustaw Herling-Grudzinski, Zbigniew Herbert and Czeslaw Milosz), and pays attention to vital subjects of Polish postwar history, of which most considerable is the origin and ethos of political opposition.
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