Memoirs of the Polish Baroque: The Writings of Jan Chryzostom Pasek, a Squire of the Commonwealth of Poland and Lithuania

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University of California Press, 1 sty 1976 - 327
Baroque was a rich period in Polish literature, yet it is poorly represented in English translation. This great work, which stands apart from the majority of diaries and memoirs of the period, is one of the most important of Polish literary and historical documents. Although it has never before appeared in print in English, it has been translated into several other languages and has been published in dozens of editions in Polish. Few nations have been more entangled in military, religious, social and political crosscurrents than Poland in the seventeeth century. Pressured from every side in neighboring states, hobbled by a weak central government, it had become a European counter-culture: libertarian, democratic, prvoincial and hopelessly divided internally. Pasek, a nobleman, solider, parliamentarian, adventurer, was in the thick of the struggle. Although irascible and a pompous egotist, he was a keen observer and a spirited writer who freely employed a racy, colloquial idiom; his chronicle is filled with whimsy, color, excitement, action and humor. For the political scientist and historian, the Memoirs provides insight into Poland's odd form of egalitarian parliament, and is a rich source of social and military history. Religious scholars will find a new context for the study of the Counter-Reformation and radical Protestantism. And there is much for the student of comparative literature: so well do Pasek's writing fit the romantic idea of a free narration in which one can feel the inflections of a living voice, unhampered by literary conventions, that when the manuscript was discovered in the nineteenth century, scholars at first suspected a forgery. Catherine Leach has translated Pasek with extraordinary clarity and literary power. She also provides extensive annotation, illustrations, map and other reference aids, and a perceptive introductory essay of 45 pages; her work is the product of many years of research and painstaking effort. She has previously published several scholarly papers and translations of many poems, stories, essays and books from Polish and Russian, including Czeslaw Milosz's Native Realm. -- from dust jacket.
 

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Foreword
xiii
Acknowledgments
xxv
Map of Paseks Probable Eastern Routes
lxiv
The Year of Our Lord 1658
7
The Year of Our Lord 1659
21
The Year of Our Lord 1660
51
The Year of Our Lord 1661
93
The Year of Our Lord 1662
123
The Year of Our Lord 1670
217
The Year of Our Lord 1673
233
The Year of Our Lord 1675
239
The Year of Our Lord 1678
245
The Year of Our Lord 1681
257
The Year of Our Lord 1682
259
The Year of Our Lord 1684
281
The Year of Our Lord 1686
287

The Year of Our Lord 1663
169
The Year of Our Lord 1665
177
The Year of Our Lord 1666
183
The Year of Our Lord 1667
189
The Year of Our Lord 1668
205
Key to Polish Pronunciation
299
The Military in the Commonwealth of Poland and Lithuania
310
Index of Personal Names
319
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Pasek was an adventurer, soldier, and politician. His many activities, typical of a man of his troubled times, provided him with a wealth of material for his memoirs. Pasek's love and mastery of detail, displayed in a rich, witty, and racy colloquial language, have not only given his writings lasting artistic value, but have also made them a source of ideas and idiom for subsequent poets and writers.

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