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Jan Józef Szczepański

Jan Józef Szczepański

Dziennik. Tom 1: 1945-1956

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Jan Józef Szczepański

(1919-2003) – Polish writer, reporter, essayist, scriptwriter, translator, Tatra mountaineer, traveller, orientalist by education. He was the President of the Union of Polish Writers and the Association of Polish Writers. He fought in the September campaign of 1939. In 1941 joined the Lizard Union (from 1942 – National Armed Forces (NSZ)). Worked in the intelligence unit until 1943, when he joined the Home Army. In 1944 member of a guerilla group. He devoted his prose about war to this period: a story about the September defeat (Polska jesień) and short stories about the life of guerrilla (Buty), in which he critically challenges the legend of “forest people”. War as a theme was also covered in his scripts to Stanisław Różewicz’s films (Westerplatte and Wolne miasto). After the war a regular contributor to ”Tygodnik Powszechny” (a member of the editorial team from 1947 to 1953). He was the last president of the Union of Polish Writers, abolished by the martial law authorities (he documented this period in his book Kadencja). A keen mountaineer in the Tatras, One of the founders the Alliace for Polish Independence. In 1978 he signed the founding declaration of the Society for Educational Courses. Translated, among other things, Conrad’s prose and Greene’s Bajki murzyńskie into Polish. Signatory of ”The Letter of 59” (1975) and the intellectuals’ letter in defense of Jerzy and Ryszard Kowalczyk brothers (May 1981).

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