Miron Białoszewski

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Miron Białoszewski (first on the left in the bottom row) together with his schoolmates during the Occupation
Grave of Miron Białoszewski at Powązki Cemetery in Warsaw.

Miron Białoszewski (Polish pronunciation: [ˈmirɔn bjawɔˈʂɛfskʲi]; born June 30, 1922, Warsaw – died June 17, 1983, Warsaw), was a Polish poet, novelist, playwright and actor.


Białoszewski studied linguistics at the clandestine courses of the University of Warsaw during the German occupation of Poland. Following the end of the Warsaw Uprising, he was sent to a labour camp in Third Reich, and returned to Warsaw at the end of World War II.

First, he worked at the central post office, and then as a journalist for a number of popular magazines, some of them for children. In 1955 Białoszewski took part in the foundation of a small theatre called Teatr na Tarczyńskiej, where he premiered his plays Wiwisekcja and Osmędeusze, and acted in them with Ludmiła Murawska. In the same year Białoszewski debuted in Życie literackie along with another renowned Polish poet and his contemporary, Zbigniew Herbert. Białoszewski was gay and for many years, he shared an apartment at Pl. Dąbrowskiego 7 with his live-in partner, the painter Leszek Soliński.

According to Joanna Nizynska from University of California in Los Angeles:

His highly acclaimed memoir, Pamiętnik z powstania warszawskiego ("Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising") was published in 1970 (and translated into English in 1977). In it, Białoszewski gave a philosophical account of his wartime experiences 27 years after the fact. In 1982, he was awarded the Jurzykowski Prize by the New York-based Alfred Jurzykowski Foundation. He died of a heart attack on June 17, 1983. There is a large body of literature devoted to the critical analysis of Białoszewski's works - most notably by such writers and academics as Czesław Miłosz, Maria Janion, Stanisław Barańczak, Jan Błoński, Kazimierz Wyka and Artur Sandauer.[2]


The number given between square brackets after each book title and year of publication refers to the volume of Białoszewski's Collected Works (Utwory zebrane, Warsaw: Państwowy Instytut Wydawniczy 1987) in which the texts published originally in these books have been reprinted.


  • Obroty rzeczy (1956) [1]
  • Rachunek zachciankowy (1959) [1]
  • Mylne wzruszenia (1961) [1]
  • Było i było (1965) [1]
  • Wiersze (1976) [7]
  • Poezje wybrane (1976) [7]
  • Miron Białoszewski [in the series Poeci Polscy ] (1977) [7]
  • Odczepić się (1978) [7]
  • Wiersze wybrane i dobrane (1980) [7]
  • Trzydzieści lat wierszy (1982) [7]
  • Oho (1985) [10]

Poetry and Prose[edit]

  • Teatr Osobny (1973) [2]
  • Rozkurz (1980) [8]
  • Stara proza i nowe wiersze (1984) [9, 10]
  • Obmapywanie Europy. Aaameryka. Ostatnie wiersze (1988 – posthumously) [9, 10]


  • Pamiętnik z powstania warszawskiego) (1970) [3]
    English translation by Madeline Levine: A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising (1977, 1991)
  • Donosy rzeczywistości (1973) [4]
  • Szumy, zlepy, ciągi (1976) [5]
  • Zawał (1977) [6]
  • Przepowiadanie sobie (1981) [9]
  • Konstancin (1991 – posthumously) [9]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2004-12-22. Retrieved 2006-12-09.
  2. ^ "Miron Białoszewski - życiorys". Retrieved 2017-12-02.

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