25.01.2013 @ 20:12
I don't think a language and literary tradition that produced Chaucer, Shakespeare, Mark Twain, and James Joyce has anything about itself that should motivate anyone to consider it inferior (well, maybe it owes the world a big apology for Bronze Dan), but Sirnaq's point that Polish letters are largely ignored in the English-speaking countries remains a fair one.
Not even Stanisław Lem (The Cyberiad, Solaris) is an exception to that; even though Lem's works are widely read in English, he was repeatedly and fiercely snubbed by American writers in general and Philip K. Dick in particular.
The amateur tenor, whose vocal villainies
All desire to shirk,
Shall during off hours exhibit his powers
To Madame Tussaud's wax-work.
[G&S, "A more humane Mikado"]