read a selection of
Ficowski's poetry here
More on Ficowski here
Jerzy Ficowski was born in 1924 in Warsaw, and was a distinguished poet, prose writer, scholar and translator
(from Yiddish, Russian and Roma). During the German occupation of Warsaw in World War II, Ficowski served in the
Home Army (AK) and took part in the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. He has published some twenty volumes of poetry since
his debut in 1948, and one book of short stories: Waiting for the Dog to Sleep. His poetry has been illustrated
by Marc Chagall, and his 1979 collection of poems, A Reading of Ashes, has been called the most moving account
of the Holocaust written by a non-Jew. A major scholar of Roma history and culture (his book Gypsies in Poland: History
and Customs is a seminal work in the field), he translated Roma folk tales into Polish (Sister of the Birds and
Other Gypsy Tales), and was one of the most active translators of Yiddish literature in postwar Poland.
Starting in 1946, Ficowski dedicated a vast amount of time to reassembling the scattered fragments of the visual and literary
legacy of Bruno Schulz, a writer of great importance whose work was under-appreciated following the Second World War.
At the time of its publication in Polish, Ficowski's "biographical portrait," Regions of the Great Heresy
(W. W. Norton, 2003), was groundbreaking and remains the definitive study of Schulz's life and art.
Instrumental in establishing the collection of Schulziana at the Adam Mickiewicz Museum of Literature in Warsaw and
in planning the permanent Schulz Museum in Drohobycz, Ukraine, Ficowski also edited compilations of Schulz's letters
and drawings as well as writing the Introduction to The Drawings of Bruno Schulz. He lived in Warsaw until his death in 2006.
published by TSP:
Waiting for the Dog
also by the author:
Regions of the Great
Letters and Drawings
of Bruno Schulz