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A Meeting with Prus
October 26, 2012   
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UNESCO is this year marking the centenary of the death of Bolesław Prus. This great Polish novelist was born 165 years ago on Aug. 20 and died 100 years ago on May 19.

Bolesław Prus was born Aleksander Głowacki and took his penname from the family coat of arms. He wrote several highly acclaimed and popular novels, dozens of short stories, and a great deal of journalism, much of which covers topics connected with his beloved Warsaw.

On the weekend of Sept. 29-30, the picturesque resort town of Nałęczów, near Lublin in the southeast of the country, celebrated Prus. The writer holidayed regularly in Nałęczów for 30 years to have his agoraphobia treated. This is a place where you can really soak up the atmosphere of “belle époque” Poland.

Prus’s Weekly Chronicles were read out in the Małachowski Palace, where he often stayed. The Chronicles were a series of newspaper columns published in 1875-1901, first in the Kurier Warszawski (Warsaw Courier) and later in the Kurier Codzienny (Daily Courier). The local cinema screened Wojciech Has’s film adaptation of Lalka (The Doll), starring Beata Tyszkiewicz. Lalka remains one of Prus’s best loved novels.

The National Bank of Poland has issued special Bolesław Prus zl.200, zl.10 and zl.2 coins. The zl.2 coins were available for purchase. Other central bank issues dedicated to Prus were displayed as well.

Stanisław Mazur
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