The Polish Complex Response

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Jim Stanley Prof. Youngblood Hist. 114 September 29, 2009 The 1863 Rebellion in Konwicki’s The Polish Complex The Polish Complex , written illegally by Tadeusz Konwicki in 1977, is a romantically styled satire of Polish political apathy during the communist era. In the book, the narrator (also named Konwicki) has two flashbacks to the 1863 Polish rebellion, which he subtly compares to the situation in 1970s Poland. The rebellion consisted of mainly guerilla warfare in the countryside, with the revolutionary “government” never actually taking power. The rebellion was brutally crushed by the Russian government with many rebels being either executed or exiled to Siberia. As a result of the Russian repression, the 1863 uprising was one of the last in Polish history. The book begins with the main character Konwicki standing in line outside a jewelry store on Christmas Eve. The jewelry store opens late, and when the characters enter, they find that the goods they want have not been delivered, and the store is cold and lit by candles because of a power outage. After waiting a while for the delivery, Konwicki, and two people he met in line, Kojran & Duszek leave for an apartment where they drink vodka, and Kojran tells Konwicki that he was assigned to assassinate him decades before, was arrested and guarded in prison by Duszek. Konwicki reacts to this news calmly, without any hint of surprise or anger. The trio then leaves the apartment and return to the jewelry store to continue waiting for the delivery. While in the line, Konwicki has the first of two flashbacks to the 1863 rebellion, where a young colonel
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called Maciej Borowy is deserted by his soldiers after a brief battle, and is then captured by peasants loyal to Russia. The story then returns to the jewelry store where Konwicki meets a distant relative from Russia, and then passes out. When he wakes he is in the back of the store with a female employee named Basia he had been admiring earlier. The
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