STRYJKOWSKI, JULJAN (originally Passover Stark; 1905– ), Polish novelist. Born in Stryj, Galicia, Stryjkowski joined a Zionist youth movement as a boy, but later became a Communist. In 1939 he fled to the USSR, where he remained during World War II, returning to Poland in 1946. He was active in postwar Polish literary life and was a co-editor of the literary monthly Twórczość.
Stryjkowski's first major work was Bieg do Fragala ("Run to Fragala," 1951), which depicted the life of a poverty-stricken village in Calabria, Italy. A stage version was performed in
D. Desantis, in: Peuples amis, 101 (1957); Słownik współcrzesnych pissarzy polskich, 3 (1964), 241–3.
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