Jerzy Andrzejewski

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Jerzy Andrzejewski
BirthplaceWarsaw, Kingdom of Poland
Known for Ashes and Diamonds

Andrzejewski, Jerzy


Born Aug. 19, 1909, in Warsaw. Polish writer.

Andrzejewski’s first major work was the novella Order of the Heart (1938), which was written under the influence of Catholic ethics. His novel Ashes and Diamonds (1948) reflected the sharpness of the class struggle during the first years of popular rule in Poland. A Polish film of the same name based on the novel was made in 1958. He wrote his memoirs The Book for Martin (1954) and the collection of stories The Golden Fox (1955). The novellas Darkness Covers the Earth (1957) and The Gates of Paradise (1960) were based on historical material; they deal with problems of human existence in an abstract humanistic spirit. The novel He Cometh Leaping Upon the Mountains (1963) is a parody on contemporary bourgeois art.


Niby gaj: Opowiadania, 1933–1958. Warsaw, 1959.
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Anna Bikont and Joanna Szczesna have amassed an impressive amount of material tracing the postwar career of, for the most part, six writers: Adam Wazyk, Jerzy Andrzejewski, Kazimierz Brandys, Wiktor Woroszylski, Tadeusz Borowski and Tadeusz Konwicki.
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References to well-known literary and cultural figures whom the author knew personally occur repeatedly in both volumes, but those individuals who appear to be ever-present inhabitants of Milosz's mental universe (among others: Jerzy Andrzejewski, Joseph Brodsky, Jozef Czapski, Henryk and Zofia Dembi-ski, Jerzy Giedroyc, Witold Gombrowicz, Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz, Jerzy and Waclaw Zagorski, and, of course, all the Milosz ancestors and family) do not as a rule have entries dedicated specifically to them.
Alpha's real name, Jerzy Andrzejewski (1909- 83), has become well known outside Poland through the huge international success of his novel Popiol i diament (1948), mutilated almost beyond recognition in the English translation as Ashes and Diamonds (1962) but better known in its movie version under the same title, made by Andrzej Wajda in 1958.
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