Wschodni Express: Wasyl Słapczuk “Wieczorne słońce”

“The poems encourage us to act, to redefine the world and most of all to reflect on seemingly obvious issues. The lyrical subject of the poems is a boy who holds uncomplicated dialogues on simple topics with an adult interlocutor and thus undermines the schemes we often use to distance ourselves from cognitive effort. Perhaps this reveals the need to be correct because, as the boy says, you cannot speak the truth and remain courteous”.

Bohdan Zadura: „Like the author, the poems are wise, subtle, ironic, kind, sarcastic, philosophical; they interact with modernity, are universal and Ukrainian yet detached. Telling tales of war and art concisely. At times, resembling Chinese or Japanese poetry, and at other times capturing satirical reality. Often drawing from Eastern philosophy – the author values Buddhism, even though he does not treat it as religion”


Wasyl Słapczuk (b. 1961 in Volhynia) – poet, prose writer, literary critic, translator. The author of several dozen volumes of poetry, several novels and short stories. Laureate of over twenty literary awards. Awarded the Decoration of Honour “Meritorious for Polish Culture”.

28.06 | 17.00–18.00 | Próba Cafe, Grodzka 5a – patio | Polish only