Litwa Miłosza, Litwa Konwickiego. Rzecz o polskich zmaganiach z prowincją
LITHUANIA OF MIŁOSZ, LITHUANIA OF KONWICKI. ON THE POLISH STRIFE WITH THE PROVINCES
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The article analyses the intellectual, spiritual and artistic strife of Miłosz and Konwicki with their birthplaces. The first two of the article’s five parts deal with the path traversed by Miłosz, spanning from rebellion and the rejection of the private homeland as well as certain forms of Polish culture that assumed shape in the Eastern Borderland, the re-evaluation of the poet’s spiritual and intellectual stand during the early stage of his life as an émigré, up to becoming convinced about the value of the home and the “small homeland”. The third fragment of the text shows how Konwicki painstakingly constructed his own cultural lineage. Part four – Time of Cultural Quests – formulates five basic questions around which both authors built the identity discourse of their own private homeland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The last part – Time for Stories – demonstrates how the writings of Miłosz, Konwicki and many other authors create a textual space, in which the Wilno past is outlined as a model for the coexistence of cultures and languages and becomes a model of heterogeneous culture.
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