Poland Literature Plenty Of Zs

November 12, 2013 by  

Poland Literature Plenty Of Zs, Last month, the Polish city of Krakow joined the likes of Dublin and Edinburgh to become the latest Unesco City of Literature. Most people could probably name a Scottish or Irish author, but how about a Polish one?

Readers who are not Polish or of Polish descent face a few obstacles to opening the rich and different world of Polish literature.

Firstly, Poland is not a world player, and we tend to become interested in a country’s culture only when it is a global power or a real or possible threat to us.

Secondly there is the spelling and pronouncing of names.

George Clooney starred in “Solaris” a 2002 film version of Lem’s novel.
We can handle the Russian transliteration of Gregory as Grigory. But the Polish for Gregory, alas, is Grzegorz. All those z’s. (I played Scrabble with a friend in Warsaw: a player gets one point for a Z.)

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