Wstęp (Jacek Wójcicki)
The main theme of the volume is the complicated neighbouring of Poland with Russia over the ages. A part of this series includes essays on topics relating to history, such as the early Polish press, eighteenth-century theatre posters in Gdańsk, the political poetry of Stanisław Trembecki, or the journalistic works of Franciszek Salezy Jezierski. Among other literary materials, the volume introduces modern editions of: a Latin-Polish poem from the Seven Years’ War period, journals from Jasna Góra under siege (dated 1771), Jezierski’s prose work Gowórek herbu Rawicz…, and fragments of the decoded personal notes of Orzeszkowa. The second part of the materials is devoted to contemporary history: the Polish People’s Republic period and Polish-Soviet relations, as reflected in literature (including in poetry of the Martial Law time). Some of the articles on these topics have been prepared by Russian scholars. The volume also features samizdat poems and an occasional poem by Leszek Kołakowski.