Wilhelm Przeczek (7 April 1936 in Karviná - 10 July 2006 in Třinec) was a Polish teacher, poet, writer, and activist from Zaolzie region of Cieszyn Silesia. He is considered one of the most important Polish writers of his generation from Zaolzie.

Wilhelm Przeczek
Wilhelm Przeczek, painting by Zbigniew Kresowaty
Wilhelm Przeczek, painting by Zbigniew Kresowaty
Born(1936-04-07)7 April 1936
Karviná, Czechoslovakia
Died10 July 2006(2006-07-10) (aged 70)
Třinec, Czech Republic
OccupationPoet, writer, translator
LanguagePolish, Czech

Przeczek was born to a coal miner's family. He studied at a teachers' seminary in Orlová and then at a college in Prague. He worked as a teacher in Polish schools in Zaolzie, e.g. in Jablunkov. Przeczek was later briefly a journalist for the Głos Ludu newspaper. He was also an activist within the PZKO (Polish Cultural and Educational Union) and member of many Polish literary organizations. Przeczek also translated Czech, Slovak and Sorbian poetry to Polish and Polish poetry into Czech.

During the Prague Spring of 1968, Przeczek supported the reformist wing of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia. His stances led to ban of his works from 1969 to 1989 in Czechoslovakia. His books were therefore published mainly in Poland.


WorksEdit

PoetryEdit

  • Czarna calizna (1978)
  • Wpisane w Beskid (1980)
  • Śmierć pomysłu poetyckiego (1981)
  • Szumne podszepty (1982)
  • Księga Urodzaju (1986)
  • Nauka wierności (1986)
  • Tercet (1986)
  • Przeczucie kształtu (1989)
  • Notatnik liryczny (1990)
  • Rękopisy nie płoną (1990)
  • Promlčený počet štěstí (1991)
  • Dym za paznokciami (1992)
  • Na ubitej ziemi (1994)
  • Mapa białych plam (1995)
  • Małe nocne modlitwy (1996)
  • Intimní bedeker (1998)
  • Smak wyciszenia (1999)
  • Stoletý kalendář (2001)

ProseEdit

  • Skrzyżowanie (1969) (together with Władysław Sikora)
  • Břečťan a jiné strašidelné povídky (1992)
  • Kazinkowe granie (1994)
  • Bienále pivní pěny (1996)

ReferencesEdit

  • Málková, Iva; Svatava Urbanová (2001). Literární slovník severní Moravy a Slezska (1945-2000). Olomouc: Votobia. ISBN 80-7198-515-5.
  • Profile of Wilhelm Przeczek in Zwrot 7/2007: 42-43.
  • Martinek, Libor (2018). Wilhelm Przeczek. Wrocław: Oficyna Wydawnicza ATUT - Wrocławskie Wydawnictwo Oświatowe. ISBN 978-83-7977-360-2.
  • Sikora, Władysław (1993). Pisarze Zaolzia. Czeski Cieszyn: Wydawnictwo Olza przy Radzie Polaków. OCLC 233485106.