Edmund Niziurski

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Edmund Niziurski, Warsaw 2006

Edmund Niziurski (July 10, 1925 – October 9, 2013) was a popular Polish writer, author of numerous humorous novels and stories for children, adolescents and adults, written with a specific kind of irony.[1] He was also a sociologist and a lawyer.


Niziurski was born into a middle-class family in Kielce, Poland; his father, Stanisław, was a civil servant. He studied at the Jan Sniadecki Middle School in Kielce, but did not complete his education there because of the German and Soviet attack on Poland. In September 1939, he was evacuated to Hungary together with his family, but returned to the area of Kielce in 1940. During World War II, he attended an illegal high school in Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, where he graduated in 1943. Niziurski spent the war in the village of Jeleniec, near Ostrowiec.

After the war, he studied law at Lublin Catholic University and Jagiellonian University, in late 1940s took up sociology and journalism. In 1947 he completed the legal studies and in the same year married Zofia Barbara Kowalska. He lived in Kielce, then in Katowice and finally, in 1952, moved to Warsaw, where he has been living since then. He worked as a journalist for Wiez weekly, at the same time writing his own books. Niziurski was a member of the Association of Polish Writers (Stowarzyszenie Pisarzy Polskich). He was a great man and a award-winning novelist. His younger brother, Edmund Niziurski (married to Lidia Niziurska-Lauko) was a musician but unfortunately died in 2015.


Niziurski made his first appearance in print in 1944 with a poem published in Biuletyn Informacyjny, a magazine issued by the Home Army. After the war, he cooperated with several magazines, such as Płomyk, Świat Młodych, and also with the Polish Radio, for which he wrote radio plays. In the course of the time, his books for children and adolescents have become very popular, while the novels written for adult readers are much less well-known. In 1975 he was awarded the Order of the Smile and in 2008 received the Medal for Merit to Culture - Gloria Artis.

Niziurski wrote dynamic, witty and humorous stories mostly revolving around the everyday school life of his teenage characters, but also containing elements of sensation and, in his later works, science-fiction.

Has developed a "How to Alcibiades," called "Club włóczykijów" among colorful characters children Warsaw tracked down Mark Piegus and his amazing adventures, and finally wrote "The Book of rascals". Several generations of Poles were brought up on his books - he writes Jan Boncza-Szablowski.

He died yesterday at the age of 88 years the writer, publicist has gained special recognition and sympathy among young readers extraordinary ability to use a word. Perverse humor combined with a hint of reflection. His books were written in a living language, Niziurski to educate its readers, but never moralizował force. Journalists "Rzeczpospolita" indicate the most important book of Edmund Niziurski

By writing so much about this school, from Kielce native - as mentioned in one of the interviews himself - he liked to teach. Education but the war interrupted him. Then he moved with his parents to Hungary. After a year's stay future creator of "Method for Alcibiades" returned to Polish physically worked and studied in secret, where also he graduated and enrolled prawnicze.Po the war continued them at Catholic University and the Jagiellonian University.

Although he made his debut as a poet even in 1944 and a large part of his work led to the adults, pretty soon he realized that he has a special connection with the young reader. Hence willingly he collaborated with such magazines as "Flame" and "World youth". That's what young readers awarded him with the "Order of the Smile" in appreciation of his novels surreal humor, live action which is what made his book read with interest.

And he wrote them more than 40. Among them, the best known are: "" The Book of rascals "(1954 ... - school reading in 1978, entered on the IBBY Honour List)," Way to Alcibiades "(1964 - 1978 school reading inscribed on the List of Honour IBBY), "The Incredible Adventures of Mark Piegus" (prize "Eagle Feather" awarded by the readers of "flame" in 1970). "The club włóczykijów", "Forward, Great!", "Adele, get me!", "Frog, pull yourself together! "," Argument in Niekłaju "," The seventh initiation, "" The Adventures of bubble and Syphon.

I've always had the impression that the novel Niziurski among filmmakers compete for the undisputed leader of the songs of Adam Bahdaja (author of the "Holidays with ghosts", "bet on the Tolka Banana" or "Trip for One Smile"). Film interest in the work of Niziurski began with "The Adventures of Mark Piegus unbelievable." Recording a variety of absurd adventures of the title trzynastolatkowi not uncommon resident in the Warsaw Zoliborz he was characterized by situational and verbal humor, visible even in the names of heroes. delinquent - Wieńczysław mediocre musician - Cezary procedures, whether gang member Chrysostom sickly.

Niziurskiemu also managed to include in this novel elements for PRLowskich unreal reality gomułkowskich years; even the form of a private detective, an underground gang headquarters was located in the basement of the church, they were also scathing allusions to the real problems of the time, especially housing problems. Part adventurous brand is woven around the phenomenon of sub-tenants, dokwaterowanych to the family apartment Unfortunately beloved father,brother and husband, Niziurski died, aged 88, in Warsaw.

The most famous novels[edit]

  • Księga urwisów (The Book of the Brats), Iskry, Warsaw, 1954
  • Siódme wtajemniczenie (The Seventh Initiation),
  • Sposób na Alcybiadesa (How To Get Alcibiades), Iskry, Warsaw 1964, also a 1998 movie Spona at the Internet Movie Database
  • Niewiarygodne przygody Marka Piegusa (Unbelievable Adventures of Marek Piegus)


  1. ^ "Nie żyje Edmund Niziurski". rp.pl. Retrieved 2013-10-11. 

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