Tkt48 celebrates Reymont Day

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Tkt48-18 hauls the Reymont Day vintage train, Lodz Fabryczna, 20.06.2009. Photo BTWT

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Wladyslaw Reymont wrote some good books and beat off rivals Thomas Mann, Maxim Gorky and Thomas Hardy to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1924. Railways were a an important part of his life. His first steady job was as a level crossing keeper at Koluszki. Injured in an accident on the Warsaw Vienna Railway he was awarded 40,000 roubles in compensation.  The money allowed him to fulfil his passion for travelling round Europe by train.

So it is rather fitting that this year’s Reymont Day celebrations included a steam-hauled vintage train from Lodz Fabryczna to Lipce Reymontowskie, close to the village of Krosnowa where Reymont lived for a time. The organisers of the event included PKP InterCity, PKP Linie Kolejowe (PKP’s infrastructure company) and the Chief Executive of Skierniewice District Council. The sponsors included Bombadier Transportation. Now if only someone could persuade PKP LK to be equally accommodating to steam specials in other parts of the country… .

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3 Responses to “Tkt48 celebrates Reymont Day”

  1. Robert Hall Says:

    Had never, hitherto, heard of Wladyslaw Reymont; and admit to wondering momentarily, after reading the post, whether June 20th were some Polish equivalent of April Fools’ Day. I Googled Reymont — he certainly had a chequered and interesting life, and in the course of it, wrote copiously. Presumably some of his works have been translated into English? — worth investigating…

    • dyspozytor Says:

      Today, Reymont’s best known book is probably Ziemia Obiecana (The Promised Land) because it was turned into a film by Andrzeja Wajda. It is about industrialisation and the three communities (Germans, Jews and Poles) that built the new Lodz. The three volume Chlopi (Peasants) is the book that put Reymont on the literary map.

      Amazon lists The Promised Land as unavailable in English and two of the three volumes of Peasants as in stock.

  2. Robert Hall Says:

    Happen, two out of three would be enough to be going on with…

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