Between Tragedy and Farce: Polish fates in the prose of Tadeusz Konwicki – A talk by Jaroslaw Anders

When: Tuesday, March 19, 2024, 4:00 PM ET

The webinar is presented together with the Polish Program at CUNY Hunter College and is part of the Tadeusz Solowij Lectures of the Kosciuszko Foundation. It is free and open to the public. Spots are limited, and registration is required. In lieu of admission, a donation towards the KF Cultural Fund is appreciated.

Like no other Polish writer, Tadeusz Konwicki managed to capture the uncanny and grotesque in the last decades of communist rule in Poland. In his writing that combines fiction, essayistic meditations, fantasy, and personal memoirs, and in his poetic, dreamlike films, he presents an uncanny mixture of Polish competing myths, dreams, and aspirations against the backdrop of the still sinister if decaying regime. In the next in our series of webinars on contemporary Polish literature, Jaroslaw Anders discusses the work of one of the most original and protean Polish writers and filmmakers.


Jaroslaw Anders is a Polish literary critic, translator, and editor living in Washington, DC. He is the author of Between Fire and Sleep: Essays on Modern Polish Poetry and Prose (Yale, 2009), and many essays published in The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, The Los Angeles Book Review, and other publications. He translated into Polish books by Susan Sontag, and into English Barbarian in the Garden by Zbigniew Herbert, Rondo by Kazimierz Brandys, and The Subtenant by Hanna Krall.

Dr. Malgorzata Pospiech is a writer, documentary filmmaker, journalist, and photographer. She is a published translator, including Arthur Penn in Conversations, 1992-1995 (appearing in 2011). Her three novels were long-listed for Central Europe Literary Award: A Little Town, 2014, Ariadne’s Labyrinth, 2017, and Fog over River Styx, 2019. Professor Pospiech is in charge of the Polish language and literature program in the Division of Russian and Slavic Studies at CUNY Hunter College.


What's New?