The National Reading has been organized by the President of the Republic of Poland since 2012. This year, inaugurated by the Presidential Couple on February 28th, this year’s edition of the National Reading takes place in the year of the 100th anniversary of regaining independence by Poland, hence the unique formula of the action, during which two readings will be held.
We will be reading some fragments of “The Spring to Come” by leading Polish neoromantic writer Stefan Żeromski. The launch date in Poland is September 8, 2018, in Belfast and in Newry, the National Reading will take place on September 26th and 27th as part of the Polish Cultural Week. Both are officially on National Reading list of events n Poland.
– Due to celebration of the century of independence of Poland, I would like to invite Poles to the National Reading of “The Spring to Come”. I am convinced that a joint reading of this beautiful and wise book will help us to get even closer to the experiences from before the age. I am very much interested in this year’s campaign, in addition to its permanent main goal, which is the promotion of reading, and a form of celebrating the jubilee. At the same time, I want Żeromski’s message to enrich the program of celebrations and events with an extremely important and necessary element of critical reflection on the history of the native – wrote the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda in his letter.
“The Spring to Come” is the last novel by Stefan Żeromski, which was published in 1924. The writer made a conclusion of the first years of Polish independence in it, paying attention to enthusiasm, willingness to rebuild the state, but also mistakes made. The book was an incentive for a joint debate on the shape of the Second Polish Republic. So far, about 120 Polish and over 10 foreign editions of “The Spring to Come” have been published. There were also two screen adaptations (1929, 2001).
Stefan Żeromski (1864-1925) – prose writer, playwright, publicist and social activist, one of the greatest Polish writers at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. He came from an impoverished noble family, he was a high school student in Kielce, he was active in secret youth circles, he worked, among others, as a tutor in Nałęczów and as a librarian at the Polish National Museum in Rapperswil. From 1919 he lived in Warsaw (at the end of his life he lived in the Royal Castle). In his works, he often stigmatized social injustice, encouraging the need to fight harm and suffering. He devoted a lot of space to the subject of independence, establishing a dialogue with the tradition of Polish patriotic literature. He was also the initiator of the creation of the Polish Academy of Literature, as well as a co-founder (1920) and the first president of the Polish Writers’ Trade Union, in 1924 he founded the Polish Pen Club branch.