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Mieczyslaw Jastrun, writer. Recipient Gold Cross of Merit, 1946, Order of Banner of Labour 1st Class, 1949, State Prize 1st class, 1950, 1955, Commander Cross of Order of Polonia Restituta, 1954, Medal of 30th Anniversary of People's Poland, 1974.


Jastrun, Mieczyslaw was born on October 29, 1903.


Grad, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland, 1928.


The main themes of his poetry are: philosophy and morality. He translated French, Russian and German poetry to Polish. Born in Korolówka (in the former Eastern Galicia) in a Jewish family, the son of Józef Agatstein and Maria Agatstein née Wiensohn.

He spent his childhood in Jodłowa, he went to public school in Ryglice, where his father had opened a surgery. The family moved several times to places where Joseph worked. Through 1915−1919 Mieczysław w Cracow, where he went to gymnasium.

Due to the onset of Polish–Soviet War he interrupted his studies and volunteered to the Polish Army. However, he did not participate in engagements as he contracted typhus. He did not return to Cracow and he completed the last two high school forms in First General Liceum in Tarnów.

During that time he lived in Pleśna, with his former governess (1921−1923).


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    • Author: Between Word and Silence, Larger than Life, Piekna Choroba, 1961, Schene Krankheit, 1961, (novels) Beautiful Illness, Mediterranean Myth, Intonatienen, 1962, Zone of Fruits, 1964, Poetry and Truth, In Broad Daylight, 1967, (novels) Mickiewicz, 1967, Poezje wybrane, 1968, Signs of Memory-poems, 1969, Freedom of Choice-essays, 1969, The Isle. Starry Diamond, 1971, Eseje Wybrane, 1971, Eseje mit Srodziemnomorski, Wolnosc Wyboru, Historia Faustia, 1973, Walk o Slowo (fighting for a Word), Wyspa (Isle poems), 1973, Blysk obrazu (poems), 1975, Poezje Zebrane, 1976, Scena Obrotowa (poems), 1977, Podroz do Grecji (voyage in Greece), 1978.