Bruno Schultz: Between Reality and the Word – A talk by Jaroslaw Anders
Bruno Schultz: Between Reality and the Word
- A talk by Jaroslaw Anders
The webinar is co-organized together with the Polish Program at CUNY Hunter College and is part of the Tadeusz Solowij Lectures of the Kosciuszko Foundation.
Bruno Schulz, a literary magus and myth maker who perished in the ghetto in his native, beloved Drohobycz, and Witold Gombrowicz, an ironist and intellectual provocateur, who spent most of his life in exile in Argentina, can be seen as two poles of Polish literary modernism. In a series of two lectures critic, editor, and translator Jaroslaw Anders will look at those exceptional personalities and their literary achievement. The first lecture, on October 5, 2021, will be devoted to Schulz, who still dazzles and confounds with his unique literary style and inexhaustible imagination. The speaker will examine Schulz’s life, his approach to literature, his place in post-war Polish and European writing, and critical reception of his works. He will also look at challenges faced by Schulz’s translators and at attempts to convey the author’s magical vision in films based on his books.
Jaroslaw Anders is a freelance writer, translator, and editor. He is the author of Between Fire and Sleep: Essays on Modern Polish Poetry and Prose (Yale: Yale University Press, 2009) and numerous articles in The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, and other publications. He has translated several books from English into Polish and from Polish into English. In the past, he served as a writer and broadcaster for the Voice of America and worked in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor of the U.S. Department of State. He lives in Washington, D.C.