Klucz w dłoni Jakuba (i inne klucze)
The Key in Jacob’s Hand (and Other Keys)
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“Schulz? I’ve written all about him,” Artur Sandauer allegedly declared in the 1970s. Still, the critic did not put Schulz under lock and key, and no one else did later. Although the writer’s work has provoked hundreds of comments and interpretations, no one has found a key to open all the doors in his world, since he is always “elsewhere,” escaping his exegetes. That, however, should not discourage us from making new (private, idiosyncratic, and risky) attempts at interpretation. The reader will find some in the present issue. But there is also another way full of adventures – that of searches all over the world and archival research, which also promises success. The present issue includes an unpublished essay by Schulz on the works of the Jewish artist Maurycy (Ephraim Moses) Lilien, and a short review of an exhibition of Feliks Lachowicz. Besides, Schulz’s unknown pencil sketch, found on the underside of his well-known sketch of a bookplate for Ella and Jakub Schulz, has been presented, as well as Schulz-the typographer. The introduction concludes with an appeal to visit Jerzy Ficowski’s archive. It certainly contains many unexplored traces and possibly a key to some door to Schulz’s world.
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