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2011 Calibre Prize (Winner): The Death of the Writer

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May 2011, no. 331

2011 Calibre Prize (Winner): The Death of the Writer

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May 2011, no. 331

In February 1878 in Marseilles, France, Józef Teodor Konrad Nałęcz Korzeniowski, a twenty-year-old Polish seafarer tormented by depression, lifted a revolver to his chest and pulled the trigger. The suicide attempt failed: the bullet, whether by chance or design, penetrated the young man’s body without disrupting any vital organ. Korzeniowski recovered quickly and, only a few weeks later, took to the waters again aboard a British steamer bound for Constantinople.

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