Aleksander Majkowski

Tags: — Yurek @ 1:32 pm 19 November 2008

Aleksander Majkowski (1876-1938), Kashubian writer, poet, journalist, editor, activist, and physician by profession. The most important figure in the Kashubian movement before World War II. Editor of “Gryf” (The Griffon), author of the greatest Kashubian novel Żëcé i przigodë Remusa (The Life and Adventures of Remus), and The History of the Kashubs.

Aleksander Jan Alojzy Majkowski was born on July 17, 1876 in Kościerzyna (then Berent, Prussia) as the oldest child of a farmer apparently having two sisters and two brothers. In Kościerzyna, he completes primary school (volksschule) and in 1885-90 attends a German progymnasium. He is given a scholarship of Towarzystwo Pomocy Naukowej (Society of Educational Aid), based in Chełmno (then Culm). In 1891, he begins his education in gymnasium in Chojnice, living in a convent there. Also there, he becomes acquainted with Polish literature and history. In 1895, he earns his matriculation certificate. At first, he means to study (more…)


Life and Adventures of Remus

Tags: , — Yurek @ 8:02 pm 23 September 2008

A. Majkowski, Life and Adventures of Remus

A. Majkowski, Life and Adventures of Remus

The Kashubian Institute of Gdańsk has recently released English translation of “Żëcé i przigòdë Remùsa” under its English title of “Life and Adventures of Remus.” Written by Aleksander Majakowski, this novel is widely recognized as one of the pillars of Kashubian literature.

The enormous task of translation was completed by Blanche Krbechek of the Kashubian Association of North America and Kasia Gawlik-Luiken. Both ladies reside in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

This, fourth so far, translation of the Majakowski’s 1938 book was preceded by the Polish (by Lech Bądkowski, 1964), French (La vie et les aventures de Remus, 1984), and German (Das abenteuerliche leben des Remus. Ein kaschubischer Spiegel, by Ewa Brenner, 1988) translations.

Life and Adventures of Remus

transl. B. Krbechek & K. Gawlik-Luiken
Gdańsk 2008, pp. 496