Full-text resources of CEJSH and other databases are now available in the new Library of Science.
Visit https://bibliotekanauki.pl



2011 | 16-17 | 227-237

Article title

WHERE IS HOME IN THE 'GARDENS' OF JAROSLAW IWASZKIEWICZ (Gdzie jest dom w 'Ogrodach' Jaroslawa Iwaszkiewicza?)

Title variants

Languages of publication



The essay stands in the constant dialogue with the most famous Iwaszkiewiecz's masterpiece called 'Gardens'. Author of this intriguing anthology wrote a story, in which he turned back into the childhood times. On the one hand, it is possible to read that as a trial of resume focus on his life, but on the other hand it is also to see this as nostalgic retrospective of his most important places and episodes, which are connected with him and with his childhood period. Author of the essay says - wish to say, that aged writer has backed home, but it is not true, because it is not possible to use this phrase about this writer. She confirms - Iwaszkiewicz's journey not leads only into the childhood land, where are solid walls of family homestead, on the contrary - home seems to be omitted or on the second plan. Memories relate mainly to gardens, where sets the action. The garden space has became a safety zone; it is a shelter, which allows dream. Describing story, Iwaszkiewicz, who lives in the garden after all he makes 'garden' a true home-place - place, which is fenced and in which he has grown, and from this place he went to the world. Author has convinced, 'Gardens' are story about fight between culture and nature. It relates with breaking down stereotypes, which are connected with the childhood myth, family tradition of hearth. Moreover, when appears here depreciation of house, it concerns on specifics, which is a manor house located on both - garden childhood (eastern) and this as well as in the central Poland (Byszewy). The exit from the manor house into the garden constitutes the beginning of changes which will bring modernity period. This is relation which is connected with inevitable transition which runs till he will adopt new environment. The garden absorbs attention, creates opportunity of escape, at the same time does not have any borders which means, that is related to a risk. The vision presented by Iwaszkiewicz is undoubtedly impressionistic, but glimmer. Features of homestead gains the garden and this idea seems to be carried out in the consistently way.








Physical description

Document type



  • no address submitted


Document Type

Publication order reference


CEJSH db identifier

YADDA identifier

JavaScript is turned off in your web browser. Turn it on to take full advantage of this site, then refresh the page.