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In his tribute to Mariusz, Brian Thorne recounts the process of his own relationship with a person whom he experienced as extraordinary. He tells of Mariusz’s explosive arrival in his office at the University of East Anglia and how he succeeded in convincing Brian that he should become a member of the University’s counselling team. He remained for fourteen years and left in a similarly dramatic fashion having concluded that the University was about to sell its soul to the devil. Brian’s narrative portrays a man of exceptional therapeutic gifts who did not suffer fools gladly. Direct, impulsive and spontaneous with his anger, he made enemies as well as friends but he could never be ignored. For Brian, Mariusz invited intimacy while remaining permanently enigmatic. He was highly cultured but the breadth of his interests was known to very few. In a moving passage Brian describes a week spent with Mariusz in Warsaw, the city from which he had fled twice in order to preserve his life and his integrity. As this larger than life figure strode through the streets of Warsaw his essential and complex mysteriousness became increasingly compulsive and seductive.
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