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Orwell – Polish Samizdat

Rok 1984 [Year 1984].

Poznań: Głosy, 1985. Octavo (19.5 × 14.5 cm). Original illustrated card wrappers; 212 pp of reduced typescript offset-printed to rectos and versos. Very good.

A Polish translation of this Orwell classic, by the prominent journalist and activist Julius Mieroszewski (1906–1976). The novel was banned in Communist Poland, this copy released by the underground publishing house Głosy, with original wrapper design in black, red, and blue (unattributed). The first translation for the Polish émigré community was published in Paris in 1953 and served as the basis for numerous underground or “second circulation” editions in Poland starting in the 1970s. The first official translationof this novel would appear in Poland only in 1988.

During WWII Mieroszewski worked for the Polish Government in Exile, eventually settling in London and famously writing for the English section of the Polish émigré journal “Kultura” which was based in Paris. Mieroszewski was himself a socialist and much like Orwell strongly opposed the Soviet Communist dictatorship, thereby being especially well suited to translating this work, as well as the works of other socialist writers such as Bertrand Russell and Arnold Toynbee.

As of August 2022, KVK, OCLC show no copies of this Poznań edition outside of Poland.

Book ID: 52307

Price: $450.00