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The paper is an attempt to summarize the Mexican period of Teodor Parnicki’s biography.
Gorliński-Kucik relates Parnicki’s transatlantic journey, the ordeal of having to survive on modest
grants, the drudgery of writing one novel after another, and, finally, his return to Poland. In the
course of over twenty years of expatriation, Parnicki experienced important events in his personal
life: he divorced and remarried; during that time also his attitude to Catholicism underwent a significant
change. In the years 1944—1967 (when Parnicki lived in Mexico) he wrote his most important
historical novels (Słowo i ciało — “Word and Flesh”, Koniec “Zgody narodów” — “The End of the ‘Concord
of Nations’ ”), and the cycle Nowa baśń (“A New Tale”). After his return to Poland (Parnicki was
clearly disillusioned with life in the Polish People’s Republic) the character of his writing changed
noticeably – autobiographical and science fiction elements appeared in his novels.