M. Piechota, J. Ryba, M. Janoszka (red.), "Od oświecenia ku romantyzmowi i dalej... : autorzy - dzieła - czytelnicy. Cz. 5" (S. 199-221). Katowice : Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Adam Sierakowski lived in 1846–1912. He was a landowner, in charge of integration
of Poles in the Warmia region, a popularizer of education and a journalist. Sierakowski
traveled widely across Europe, Asia and Africa. An account of his adventures
is found in the letters written to his wife – Maria from the Potocki family. The letters
were published in 1913 in Warsaw. The article focuses on the Sierakwoski’s letters
from his trip to the Holy Land in 1883 and to Egypt in 1908. They continue a conventional
compositional and stylistic pattern. Also, they include a number of elements of
the pre-reportage genre characteristic of the turn of the 19th and 20th century.
Their content is variegated. Aside from his own adventures, the author provides
the reader with his knowledge of history and contemporary life of the region that at
that time was a territory entangled in conflicts; also in political interests and cultural
trends. Sierakowski juxtaposed his direct observations with the fancies shaped by the
romantic myth of the East that functioned in the European culture. That confrontation
made him think that the beautiful, romantic myth lost its topicality over the centuries,
and thus began falling into oblivion.