I don’t suppose there are many readers who have even the slightest acquaintance with Polish literature, that have never encountered the work of Tadeusz Różewicz. Yet only a small group knew much more about the biography of this great writer than that he ”was saved from the slaughter” – until now. Indeed he himself did not make it easy to obtain personal information. He responded evasively at readings, in interviews he answered journalists with generalisations, and he fled from microphones, photographers and TV cameras. Zbigniew Majchrowski’s book has a good chance of changing this state of affairs. The conventions of writing a book alone make this necessary – the conventions of a factual, illustrative journey through the artist’s life and work. This book, therefore, tells the story of the birth of a poet; how he grows from childhood and youth, how he matures together with his generation and at the same time develops his own unique character. It tells us how he finds a master and chooses himself a tradition, how he forms his literary identity and his own style.
- Piotr Łuszczykiewicz