(Warsaw): Droga, n.d. (1944). First edition. Small 8vo, unpag. pamphlet in printed wrappers. Wrappers with light wear, neat internal tape repair to spine; abrasion to title page; some general rumpling and a few tiny nicks. Intact and presentable, if delicate. Item #205448
Borowski's rare second book, consisting of six poems, produced on a mimeograph machine and bound in pictorial wrappers into which the pages are now loosely inserted. The twenty-one year old Borowski had previously published poems in the left wing journal "Droga" which also issued his first book, "Gdziekolwiek Ziemia" (1943) , also anonymously. By the time Droga was able to get this second publication printed, Borowski was already imprisoned at Auschwitz. He continued to write poems while surviving as a lslave laborer. After the war he would turn from poetry to prose, and his postwar writings about his experiences ("This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen") in the camps are among the most profound and durable contributions to Holocaust literature. Tormented by both his memories and his impossible position as an intellectual in Stalinist Poland (he is depicted in Czeslaw Milosz's "The Captive Mind" as Beta, the Disappointed Lover), Borowksi would commit suicide in 1951. A fragile, ephemeral publication of exceptional rarity.