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Zakopane jako przewrotna forma życia

Lech Sokół

ZAKOPANE AS A PERVERSE FORM OF LIFE

Zakopane, located in the south of Poland in the mountains, has been a holiday area and intellectuals’ favourite place since 19th century. Rich and authentic folklore, local dialect, customs and consciousness also give it a special place in Polish culture. Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (1885-1939) a writer, painter, photographer and philosopher came there as a child. He created the myth of Zakopane and was subjected to it. In the years 1919-1921 he wrote three texts referring demonism and dandyism to the town and its inhabitants, lecturing on his aesthetics and philosophy. Andrzej Strug (1871-1937), the author of Zakopanopticon (1913) belongs to the same tradition of writing.