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Fantastic Grabiński
September 21, 2018
On September 21, 2018, at 6 pm, welcome to Lviv Vasyl Stefanyk National Scientific Library of Ukraine (reading room No 1) for the book presentation by Joanna Majewska "Demon of Movement, Spirit of Time, Ghosts of the Place. Fantastic Grabiński and his World" ("Demon ruchu, duch czasu, widma miejsc. Fantastyczny Grabiński i jego świat", Wydawnictwo Ossolineum, Wrocław 2018)

130 years ago, in Kamionka Strumiłowa, a writer was born who was destined to live in the shadow and on the verge: shadowed by the death or life threat, while on the verge of wake and sleep; shadowed by literary stars, and on the verge of epochs, trends, and styles; shadowed by the Great War that showed its dreadful face of modern times, and on the verge of the fall of Austro-Hungarian empire, and later of the revived Polish Republic.

Stefan Grabiński in question remained to be a second line author even though he had always urged to get to the front line. The canonical writer of Polish fantastic literature inspired other authors of the genre, such as Stanisław Lem. Trapped within the stereotypical patterns ("Polish Po", "Polish Lovecraft", "Polish Meyrink"), today, he is being revealed as a unique author deserving more than mere references in historical literary overviews.

Joanna Majewska is trying to render his world centered in Lviv. She lists places, people, and events that shaped the writer’s imagination and talent. She is searching for support of her intuitive assumptions in his legacy. Grabiński’s works present a genuine phenomenon shaped by personal experience and provincial microcosm that either consciously or unconsciously fits within transformations in the macrocosm of European literature and culture.

The meeting will be moderated by Taras Nazaruk, coordinator of "Lviv Interactive" project.

Dr. Joanna Majewska – literary scholar, graduate from Warsaw University and Sorbonne University. She teaches at Alexander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art. Author of texts about Joris-Karl Huysmans, Guy de Maupassant, Bolesław Prus, Władysław Reymont, Stefan Żeromski, and Victorian horror fiction.

The presentation will be held in Polish.

Organizer: Ossolineum Publishing House (Wydawnictwo Ossolineum)
Supported by Center for Urban History