Dagny Przybyszewska

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Dagny Przybyszewska

Oh, la tristesse de tout cela, mon âme!....

Read by Marta Meissner, recorded by Radiofonia Association.
English translation: Gabriela Łagowska

She's standing at the piano and singing.
He's settled comfortably, listening.
She's standing and singing...staring into herself. Overcome by
the sole and only passion that lifts her soul up to the sky, towards the sun…
and space disappear in the paling mist, the past and the present meet at the bluish gray peaks of eternity.
The captivated tone flies off with a spread of its smooth wings,
straying, seeking, returning with a sigh
to lift its white wings up once more, and lightly soar, as solar dust,
towards the stars, to die a star among the stars.
Now it unfolds its broad wings, and grandly sets off to far away seas, sails across the mountain humps and peaks, to the ginormous highlands, and loses the memory of all things.
Now it’s jetted off to the sun!
The singing has died down.
She's standing, pale, peering at him with eyes filled with fear. Sensing, knowing
that the singing had stripped her soul naked. She had sung out the hurting, the longings which darted away like an arrow, leaving him here on earth.
Yet he wasn't pale.
"You've sung brilliantly", he said, pleased. "Never before have you taken that G so well".

English translation: Gabriela Łagowska

Dagny Przybyszewska

(1867–1901) – a poet, translator, dramatist and pianist. Born in Kongsvinger, Norway, she started musical studies in Oslo, then in Berlin. It was there that she joined the bohemians meeting at the café Zum Schwarzen Ferkel. In the years 1898-1900, she lived in Krakow, at 53 Karmelicka Street. She published in the Krakow magazine Życie. Dwutygodnik poświęcony literaturze i sztuce and in the Norwegian literary-political magazine Samtide (The Present Day). She translated into Norwegian the works of her husband, Stanisław Przybyszewski. She was also a promoter of art and an inspiration for artists and poets. Shot on 5 June 1901 in Tbilisi in Georgia, she was buried there. Her literary oeuvre is modest but interesting: it includes four dramas, one short story, fourteen poems and four works of poetic prose. In her family house in Kongsvinger, there is a Museum of Women (Kvinnemuseet) now. 
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