Petersburg

  • Country in which the text is set
    Russia
  • Featured locations

    St. Petersburg - Petersburg

  • Impact

    Petersburg is a collection of short sketches on Russian and Polish writers who at some point resided in the city. The piece of writing presented here concerns the dramatist and novelist Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, an icon of the Polish avant-garde. After the outbreak of World War I, and shortly following his return from a journey to Oceania with his close friend, the anthropologist Bronisław Malinowski, Witkiewicz became an officer in the tsarist army. He attended an elite military school in Petersburg, was severely injured in Ukraine and witnessed the outbreak of the Bolshevik revolution in Moscow. This Russian episode remains one of the most mysterious in his biography, but it is believed that the dramatic events he witnessed during the war and revolution had a profound influence on his pessimistic views on history, which find their most explicit expression in the dystopian novel Pożegnanie Jesieni (Farewell to Autumn, 1927) and his late drama Szewcy (The Shoemakers, 1931-34).

  • Balticness

    The texts show that the connection to the Baltic Sea in Polish literature has often been mediated by other cultures, in this case Russian culture.

    Jan Balbierz

  • Bibliographic information

    Warszawa 1976

  • Translations
    Language Year Translator
    Russian 2002 Yevgeny Nevyakin 
  • Year of first publication
    1976
  • Place of first publication
    Warsaw

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