Adam Grywałd Tadeusza Brezy – powieść fałszywych tajemnic


  • Jan Tomkowski Instytut Badań Literackich PAN, Warszawa

Słowa kluczowe:

20th century literature, Polish novel, Tadeusz Breza, psychologism


Tadeusz Breza (1905–1970), once one of the most popular Polish writers of the twentieth century, is today one of the authors less and less read. On the other hand, his debut and arguably most outstanding novel, Adam Grywałd, has not lost its value. It has been treated as an achievement of psychologism, a testimony to his fascination with Proustʼs work and a manifestation of homosexual themes. However, these are unsatisfactory interpretations and lead to the discovery of false mysteries. They obscure the psychological profiles of the individual characters. The real mystery perhaps concerns a frightening encounter with nothingness, death, destruction. Read in this way, the novel becomes a truly intriguing work.