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Juliusz Kaden-Bandrowski

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Juliusz Kaden-Bandrowski

The Arch

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Read by Wojciech Barczyński, recorded by Radiofonia Association.
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English translation: Paulina Ohar-Zima
The turrets of Saint Mary’s Church could be seen through the sun as if through a silvery veil, light and woven from dust and pollen, stuck into the area just like that… At the other end of the street in a red cap of old roof tiles, with a green knob on top, Florian’s tower shone like a silver horst, punctured with an amethyst shadow of Saint Florian forever flying away from silver-grey stones… One side of the street was showered with thousands of gleams, the other was drowning in sultry mists of heat. Old, diagonally hewn buttresses of houses seemed to gently link the buildings to the ground with an arch of wise, consummate patience.
English translation: Paulina Ohar-Zima
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Juliusz Kaden-Bandrowski

(1885–1944) – a prose writer and journalist. Initially planned is a musical career: he studied the piano, yet an accident made him abandon the instrument for the sake of literature. In 1913, he returned to Krakow and became the aide of Józef Piłsudski. After the May coup, he was a leading name in the literary life and stood at the helm of the literary division of Gazeta Polska, the daily supporting the government. He quickly gained the status of the most crucial chronicler of the Second Republic of Poland. In his novel Generał Barcz (1922) Kaden-Bandrowski bitterly described the political reality of the regained homeland, defining it as “a joy from the reclaimed waste heap”. Held the post of the President of the Main Board of the Polish Writers Trade Unions. For many years connected to the Freemasonry movement. Killed in the Warsaw Uprising.

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