Małgorzata Musierowicz: Two Aspects of Jeżycjada

This is how it started…

In the early seventies Małgorzata Musierowicz She intended to follow the career path that opened up to her after graduating from Graphic Arts at the State Higher School of Fine Arts in Poznan. Information about the competition for a youth novel that was read in the newspaper reminded her of the words of the high school professor with whom she had recently met, Marian Vogrzinovich, who confidently stated that the profession of his student was writing books. And at least her salary “Lack of words and family” It did not receive the main award, and received such good reviews that it was released in 1975.

A year later, Muserovich prepared her second novel – “sixth wand” – which was full of hope, was taken to the Nasza Księgarnia publishing house. There, the novice writer found herself under the wing of the great editor Danuta Sadkovska and, on her advice, rewrote the entire book, making important changes – including setting the plot in the famous Pozna. The movie “The Sixth Stave” was received with great sympathy and Muserovich quickly sat down to write “liar” And cauliflowerIn which the Boriko family appeared for the first time. And then, encouraged by an ever-growing group of fans, I wrote more volumes.

There was no end to the joy…

Letters of readers, fascinated by Muserovic’s vision of reality, filled with warmth, love, and easily identifiable heroes, came in a steady stream. Zbigniew Raszewski (who invented the name Jeżycjada) and Czesław Miłosz (who constantly supports the relationship of Natalia Boriko and Robert Rojcic) were also pleased with the books; Literary awards were falling from the sky, and the gap in the good novels of young people was finally closed. The girls created by Musierowicz—such as Cesia, Aniela, Ida, and Natalia—were imperfect, but because of this fact, it was easy to identify with them, and to love them. The books carried a message, but not intrusive, especially for teenage readers, they brought comfort in the most difficult times. An experiential sign of goodness, a simple smile, could work miracles, because each of them had this light side of strength, and the characters from Jeżycjada got their chance to redeem, and even the greatest ordeal could be survived thanks to the support and serenity of others. The girls from Jeżyce were smart, straightforward, and of course beautiful, though at times they had to discover this beauty – and discover that physical beauty isn’t the most important thing. No wonder, then, that the enthusiasm for Muserovic’s writings has persisted for years and no critical voices have ever been heard. But suddenly the author’s streak ended.

… as well as criticism

Perhaps the form was exhausted, perhaps readers began to criticize more, or perhaps the novels issued were far from their predecessors; The fact that the volumes currently published are – unofficially – called “The New Jews” (although there are still debates about which book became the end of this real one). “Jeżycjady”). Readers’ accusations soar like the Tower of Babel, and many formerly die-hard fans of the writer today state that they buy her books solely out of feelings or to point out further inaccuracies, errors, or even harmful examples of characters’ behavior in online discussions.

Critics often focus on the tired education of the author, creating a worldview detached from reality, sometimes reminiscent of nineteenth-century novels of young schoolgirls. Her teenage characters dream of getting married and having children (after all, a child is “the emanation of love and God Himself”), they bond for life with partners they met at school, avoid all stimulants, have no idea what issues are about sex and never bring up the topic , because it is not appropriate.

Characters created as role models and placed on a pedestal can be poisonous, which the author herself does not notice at all. According to critics, the Borejkos are not an ideal and warm family, but conservative, petty-bourgeois Dulskis, who like to feel better than others and often emphasize this superiority. Jeżycjada bans the problems of the modern world, feminists are usually caricatured women who are intimidated by their husbands and children, the world view is very patriarchal, and all heroes are heterosexual. Now Richards turns out to be a villain because they value money, and what’s worse, they don’t know poetry or masterpieces of Polish literature; a woman should be modest, diligent and avoid make-up; Yes, they can and should work professionally, as long as they do not neglect to maintain stove heat. Technological innovations are used sporadically here, and you can also feel a clear distance between us (family, the good) and them (strangers, the bad). These are just some of the accusations leveled against the writer.

According to critics, Małgorzata Musierowicz has a problem with negative reviews, which she definitely reads – because, as netizens claim, she sometimes argues with them in the pages of her books. However, she does not want her idealistic view of the world to be distorted in any way or to be entered by someone with a shoe. He also tries to protect his achievements with all his might. In 2014, a storm broke out when Weronika Szczawińska prepared the play “Research Area: Jeżycjada”, which was a deconstruction of bourgeois stereotypes and a kind of polemic with it. Immediately after the premiere, the show was removed, and the case went to court – Musierowicz quickly retained the name “Jeżycjada” and accused the authors of copyright and personal rights infringement.

What is your position on the work of Mogorzata Muserovic? Which side are you on?

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