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Already in his literary debut (Cossack Novels published in 1837), Michał Czajkowski presented
his political views corresponding with the artistic activity of “The Ukrainian School of
Polish Romanticism”. In his work, the writer not only wanted to present the colourful world of
Zaporoże, but also to make the readers acquainted with the fraternal relations between Polish and Ukrainian nations. The vision he provided, however, required certain idealisation. Despite
much effort, Czajkowski did not manage to evade establishing the „Us-Strangers” opposition,
which sometimes emerges in unexpected configurations, yet, it is always suffused with stereotypes
connected with the representation of The Other.