Wołowiec

  • Wołowiec

    A village located in the Low Beskids, the hometown of writer Andrzej Stasiuk (born in 1960) since 1996: "I don't know how they perceive me here and I don't ask. There is no doubt I am not a part of this world, because they have had their roots here for decades or centuries. I'm a newcomer and probably an oddity of sorts. I knew from the very start I would never be from here. What does it mean to «be from here» in our day anyway? It means less and less...".

    Wołowiec

    Wołowiec

    A village located in the Low Beskids, the hometown of writer Andrzej Stasiuk (born in 1960) since 1996: "I don't know how they perceive me here and I don't ask. There is no doubt I am not a part of this world, because they have had their roots here for decades or centuries. I'm a newcomer and probably an oddity of sorts. I knew from the very start I would never be from here. What does it mean to «be from here» in our day anyway? It means less and less...".

    The village of Wołowiec is also the headquarters of the Czarne publishing house, founded by Andrzej Stasiuk and Monika Sznajderman, which makes it an important spot on the map of Central European culture. The name of the publishing house, Czarne, comes from a nearby hamlet, a former Lemko village.

    Pic. Katarzyna Janota

  • Gładyszów and Mirosław Nahacz

    Gładyszów is the birthplace of Mirosław Nahacz (1984–2007), a tragically deceased prose writer of the younger generation. Even though he lived in Warsaw ever since his university years, he continued to feel a strong connection to the Low Beskids.

    Gładyszów and Mirosław Nahacz

    Gładyszów and Mirosław Nahacz

    Gładyszów is the birthplace of Mirosław Nahacz (1984–2007), a tragically deceased prose writer of the younger generation. Even though he lived in Warsaw ever since his university years, he continued to feel a strong connection to the Low Beskids. In an autobiographical note, he wrote: "In first and second grade, I would repair roadside crosses. The first cross I patched up stands on the right hand side at the end of the village of Moszczaniec. Before or after the bridge, I don’t remember exactly. There are others, but this one is the most important. There is a chapel in Balnica. I made the finials for the dome. Wooden onions. Not by myself. I wouldn't have managed on my own. But there was a man who taught me all that. These are the most important things. You can go and see them. And crosses in other villages".

    The works of Stasiuk and Nahacz are a unique guidebook to this part of Poland.

    Pic. Katarzyna Janota