Summer 1984 • Vol. VI No. 3 An ApocryphaJuly 1, 1984 |

The Gordian Knot

Zbigniew Herbert, the well-known Polish poet, is currently completing a collection of prose pieces that he calls "apocrypha." Syntheses of the short story and the essay, they contest traditional or accepted interpretations of major historical events and present the very different ("apocryphal") interpretations of the author. Most of these events occurred in the course of European history—like that of "The Gordian Knot"—but some are taken from further afield: for example, from China. The title of the collection, not yet completed, will be Attila's Fianede (in Polish, Narzeczona Attyll). A study of Herbert's "apocrypha" by Bogdana Carpenter appears as "Zbigniew Herbert's Attack against Myth," Cross Currents 1984 (Ann Arbor, MI: Department of Slavic Languages and Literature). — J.C. & B.C. The landscape: a rocky plateau, the ground covered with small ash-colored stones as if a pack of rats had poured over the surface and frozen in immobility, rare clumps of p

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