Remigiusz Ryziński. Foucault in Warsaw (June 2021)

Remigiusz Ryziński. Foucault in Warsaw – forthcoming in English translation.

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Remigiusz Ryziński. Foucault in Warsaw, Open Letter Books (Forthcoming, June 2021)

The previously untold story of the plot to kick Michel Foucault out of Poland in the 1950s

In 1958, Michel Foucault arrived in Poland to work on his thesis—a work that eventually came to be published as The History of Madness. While he was there, he became involved with a number of members of the gay community, including a certain “Jurek,” who eventually lead the secret police directly to Foucault’s hotel room, causing his subsequent exit from Poland. That boy’s motivations and true identity were hidden among secret police documents for decades, until Remigiusz Ryziński stumbled upon the right report and uncovered the truth about the whole situation.

Nominated for the Nike Literary Award, Foucault in Warsaw reconstructs a vibrant, engaging picture of gay life in Poland under communism—from the joys found in secret nightclubs, to the fears…

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