“I'm old-fashioned and think that reading books is the most glorious pastime that humankind has yet devised.”   Wislawa Szymborska (Nobel ceremony photo)

“I'm old-fashioned and think that reading books is the most glorious pastime that humankind has yet devised.” Wislawa Szymborska (Nobel ceremony photo)

Cyprian Kamil Norwid - Polish Poet

Cyprian Kamil Norwid - Polish Poet

Władysław Reymont - Polish novelist and the 1924 laureate of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Władysław Reymont - Polish novelist and the 1924 laureate of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Władysław Reymont. Władysław Stanisław Reymont (1867-1925) was an early 20th-century Polish novelist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1924 for his novel 'Chłopi' (1900-1909; English translation, 'The Peasants,' by M. H. Dziewiecki, 1925-26).

Władysław Reymont. Władysław Stanisław Reymont (1867-1925) was an early 20th-century Polish novelist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1924 for his novel 'Chłopi' (1900-1909; English translation, 'The Peasants,' by M. H. Dziewiecki, 1925-26).

Tadeusz Różewicz, a Nobel-nominated Polish author. We're releasing his Mother Departs in 2013. Photo: Ela Lempp.

Tadeusz Różewicz, a Nobel-nominated Polish author. We're releasing his Mother Departs in 2013. Photo: Ela Lempp.

Ryszard Kapuściński (1932-2007),  Polish reporter, journalist, traveller, photographer, poet and writer whose dispatches in book form brought him a global reputation.

Ryszard Kapuściński (1932-2007), Polish reporter, journalist, traveller, photographer, poet and writer whose dispatches in book form brought him a global reputation.

Czesław Miłosz

Czesław Miłosz

Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński (1921-1944) Polish poet, soldier of Armia Krajowa, member of the underground scout organization Szare Szeregi, par...

Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński (1921-1944) Polish poet, soldier of Armia Krajowa, member of the underground scout organization Szare Szeregi, par...

Adam Mickiewicz według dagerotypu paryskiego z 1842 roku - History of philosophy in Poland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Adam Mickiewicz według dagerotypu paryskiego z 1842 roku - History of philosophy in Poland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

He was only 23. His name was Krzysztof Kamil Baczynski. He was one of many whose lot it was to live through the tragic days of September, 1939, and not see liberation. He experienced – what he himself envisioned – a shower of bullets, grenades, hitting the dirt, and ‘one charge only, straight up to heaven’. From this supreme sacrifice of countless such young daredevils was supposed to be born a mighty Poland free as a bird: ‘... We'll raise a house of iron,' he wrote in January, 1943.

He was only 23. His name was Krzysztof Kamil Baczynski. He was one of many whose lot it was to live through the tragic days of September, 1939, and not see liberation. He experienced – what he himself envisioned – a shower of bullets, grenades, hitting the dirt, and ‘one charge only, straight up to heaven’. From this supreme sacrifice of countless such young daredevils was supposed to be born a mighty Poland free as a bird: ‘... We'll raise a house of iron,' he wrote in January, 1943.

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