A friend of Chopin and an influence on 20th century Polish writers and musical artists, Cyprian Kamil Norwid is often considered the fourth national ‘bard’ or ‘poet-prophet’ after the big three of Adam Mickiewicz, Julisz Słowacki and Zygmunt Krasiński.
Regarded as poet Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński’s only play, the work was performed for the first time ever after the unfinished manuscript was rediscovered inside the National Library.
Entitled “Vade-mecum” and named after Norwid’s largest poetry collection, the short film, around 11 minutes long, premiered on Facebook last night.
Shot dead by a sniper at the age of 23, Baczyński was part of a clutch of poets and creatives that formed the Kolumb Generation.
Detailing the Romantic poet’s travels around the Middle East, the diaries have been described as “a ready-made script for a thriller”.