By Jerzy Peterkiewicz
Jerzy Peterkiewicz was once a novelist, poet and professor of Polish language and literature at London collage from 1972 to 1979. He used to be additionally the editor and translator of the poetry of Karol Wojtyla, Pope John Paul II. He was once born in Fabianki, within the district of Dobrzyn, north-central Poland.
His first ebook of poetry seemed in 1935, whilst he was once 18, devoted to the folks of his village. severe and well known luck and he began to depict Poland as powerful and free.
When, in 1939, the Germans after which the Russians invaded Poland, his profession as a journalist and literary editor ended. He controlled to arrive Romania.
He arrived in Britain, from France, in 1940. Exempted from army carrier on wellbeing and fitness grounds, he used to be helped by means of the British Council to visit the collage of St Andrews. There, he took a primary measure in English and German in 1944, after which, in 1947, a doctorate in English literature from King's university London, changing into the 1st Pole within the historical past of that school to take action. quickly afterwards he married the author Christine Brooke-Rose, yet they later separated. He was once additionally married in short to a Polish actor known as Danuta Karel.
His 7th novel, internal Circle, was once intentionally released at the author's fiftieth birthday, numerology being one in every of his many eccentricities. It had an strange triptych constitution with 3 elements, floor, Underground and Sky, each one repeated 3 times. The mother or father nominated it e-book of the month, after which as one of many books of the 12 months for 1966. It was once a futuristic imaginative and prescient of a hopelessly overcrowded Britain, with no greenery. a lot later, in 1988, this novel was once released in Poland whilst Peterkiewicz was once now not blacklisted.
Like Peterkiewicz, F.N. Souza the illustrator, was once an immigrant to England, who made a reputation for himself in London within the 1950s.
The narrative of 'Inner Circle', which navigates the earlier, current and destiny, turns out to attract parallels with the seamless comingling of truth and fable in Souza's artwork. it might were hence, probably, that Souza agreed to layout the jacket for this quantity, and likewise to give a contribution twenty-seven drawings on the subject of the textual content, together with a demonstration of the author's commitment at the final web page. every one of Souza's drawings, together with a number of intricately cross-hatched figurative works, has been given a full-page within the e-book.