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2014 - PHS Conrad Winner : Joanna Skolik

 

Poland Revisited: A British citizen on the Polish problem.

“Both at sea and on land my point of view is English, from which the conclusion should not be drawn that I have become an Englishman. That is not the case. Homo duplex has in my case more than one meaning”.

In 1914 when Conrad was preparing for his trip to Poland he had some mixed
feelings: on the one hand he must have remembered all the accusations concerning his life
and letters, on the other he wanted to find out his past, to face his Polish heritage, to follow in his family footsteps. Before his visit to Poland, Conrad treated her in a sentimental way, for Conrad Poland was a matter of the Past, a “lost cause”, he did not believe that Poland could become an independent country...

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