J[…], Juna, Józefina
In the first part of the essay, Tuszyńska introduces Józefina Szelińska, “Juna,” and presents the circumstances of discovering an unknown manuscript of Bruno Schulz – an application for a sick leave that he wrote for his partner to the Main Statistical Office in Warsaw. The file with the document was kept for several decades in the Office archive to be preserved in the times of the Second World War and the communist regime. The other part is an attempt to present the relationship of Schulz and Szelińska in the form of a literary reportage or a biographical sketch. The difficult liaison of the writer and the most mysterious of his mistresses – both of them suffered from depression and could hardly communicate with each other – is an opportunity to make references to the politics and social life of the prewar Poland. The essay is a part of a book that will soon be published by Wydawnictwo Literackie.