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Bronisław Malinowski

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Bronisław Malinowski

At Wawel

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Read by Wojciech Barczyński, recorded by Radiofonia Association.
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English translation: Jakub Szpak
Do you remember that evening, late,
We sat, toiled, in the dark cathedral's deep
Into which, slowly, dusk started to seep...
Your soul and mine - facing some riddled fates.

The darkness, chill and void make all things wane
There is only a purple tide which flows
Over the coffin from a lamp that glows
Like the martyr's heart in flames of pain.

A speck of time that hurts one's heart with fire,
The past in the silver coffin's retire
The future threatens us with cold and dark
Only our hearts suffer in silent cry
Only our thoughts in dim depths cast a spark
Only fate makes it plain that we shall die...
English translation: Jakub Szpak
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Bronisław Malinowski

(Born in Krakow in 1884, died in New Haven in 1942), world renowned anthropologist, ethnologist, sociologist and traveller, author of the famous Dziennik w ścisłym tego słowa znaczeniu (A Diary in the Strict Sense of the Word). He graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy of the Jagiellonian University, and was conferred the doctor’s degree at the age of  24. Two years later (1910) he moved to London, and before the outbreak of the Second Word War  he left Europe and settled in the US. In 1914 the young researcher, accompanied by Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (his colleague from Zakopane, where the Malinowskis had a house from 1890), set off on a journey to Australia and Oceania  (including the Trobriand Islands). In 1934, he conducted field studies in southern and eastern Africa.
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