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Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska

Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska

Błonia

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Read by Marta Meissner, recorded by Radiofonia Association.
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English translation by Paulina Ohar-Zima

Where else in the midst of a city have you seen

For a Sunday get-together meadows so green,

Where stalls, children, cows and mares with foals at play

And so many people who – exiles today –

Then with their families, lovers with no care

Had their Cracovian happiness to share?

Where else an area for people to embrace

As a gift…? Błonia, a very short walk from the marketplace.

English translation by Paulina Ohar-Zima
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Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska

(née Kossak) – born on 24th November 1891 in Krakow, daughter of the painter Wojciech Kossak, elder sister of Magdalena Samozwaniec. Her home villa (called “Kossakówka”) in the Krakow district Zwierzyniec was an important centre of the artistic life of pre-war Poland (the villa’s frequent visitors included: Henryk Sienkiewicz, Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Wincenty Lutosławski). Maria debuted in 1924 with a comedy Szofer Archibald. Apart from poetry, she wrote also dramas, altogether fifteen by 1939. Some of her dramas – due to the issues discussed (abortion, non-marital relationships) – excited numerous scandals. In September 1939, she emigrated to England with her third husband (she had divorced twice before). She died there of cancer in 1945
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