Home as Memory, Home as Recollection: (re)creating Home in the "Galician" Texts by Polish Authors

The lecture by Natalka Rymska, entitled "Home as Memory, Home as Recollection: (Re)creating Home in "Galician" Texts by Andrzej Chciuk, Kazimierz Wierzynski, Stanislaw Lem, Jozef Wittlin, and Bognad Loebl" took place on April 4, 2012 at the Center for Urban History. The lecture is part of the "Home: A Century of Change" exhibition at the Center, and was organized with the support of the Polish Institute Kyiv.

The lecture discussed the various ways of "returning" to the lost home. Descriptions of home in the "Galician" texts by Andrzej Chciuk, Kazimierz Wierzynski, Stanislaw Lem, Jozef Wittlin, and Bogdan Loebl (furniture, books, family tradition, ethnic differences expressed in daily life, etc.), as well as discussions of urban life (school, national-cultural and sports associations, theaters, cinemas, stadiums, soccer games, bars, etc.) used to analyze the aforementioned authors’ "strategies of remembrance."

Natalka Rymska is an independent essayist, translator, and editor. She cooperates with the Center for Urban History for East Central Europe in Lviv, as well as the European Stadium of Culture in Warsaw, Poland. Rymska’s texts have been published in "Krytyka," "Yi," "Zaxid.net," and others. She has edited the Ukrainian translation of Andrzej Bobkowski’s wartime journal "War and Peace," (Krytyka, 2006), and participated in the translation of Jerzy Giedroyc’ correspondence with the Ukrainian emigration (published by Krytyka in 2007). 2011 saw the publication of her translation of Atlantis and Lunar Land, Andrzej Chciuk’s "Drohobycz Dilogy." Natalka Rymska lives and works in Solonka near Lviv, and in Warsaw.