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Między sielskością a odczarowaniem. Wizje dzieciństwa w Dolinie Issy Czesława Miłosza i filmowej adaptacji Tadeusza Konwickiego

Miłosz Kłobukowski

Between Idyll and Disenchantment. Visions of Childhood in The Issa Valley by Czesław Miłosz and Its Film Adaptation by Tadeusz Konwicki

The article is an attempt to compare The Issa Valley by Czesław Miłosz with its film adaptation directed by Tadeusz Konwicki. The author reflects on and brings to the foreground the difference between both works in presentation of childhood, as well as an important moment of initiation into adulthood. Miłosz’s character successfully undergoes initiation; all his failures lead to educational, even enlightening reconciliation with the world and becoming satisfied with life. Konwicki in turn depreciated the character of little Tomasz in the film; his vision does not appear Arcadian, but definitely more tragic. The author claims that the director adapts the text of the Nobel Prize winner with clear polemical intention. He tries to show negative initiation leading to breaking the ego of the individual and everlasting, unsatisfied feeling of lack, inability to reconcile opposites, or just unhappiness and the feeling of existential alienation. An important role in deliberations plays a theme of guilt, which symptomatically shows the most important differences in artistic visions of Miłosz and Konwicki, differences resembling distinction between mythologizing and creating tragedy.